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State agencies offer credit counseling to Joplin tornado victims

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The Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Housing Development Commission, along with Springfield-based Consumer Credit Counseling, have committed to providing free credit counseling to victims of the May 22 EF-5 tornado in Joplin.

“A major concern during a disaster of the magnitude in Joplin is that, due to loss of job, home, or both, survivors may struggle with keeping up with payments on their credit, including mortgage,” DED Director David Kerr said in a news release. “This has the effect of making their recovery from the disaster more difficult and lengthy."

Working out of the State Resource, Rebuilding and Recovery Center in Joplin at 705 Illinois Ave., counselors will be available to provide budget, credit and mortgage counseling services.

MHDC, an agency housed within DED, will work Oct 25-27 with residents to determine whether they are eligible for access to the MO-AID program, which assists people in disaster-declared areas with purchasing a home, the release said.

Consumer Credit Counseling, a nonprofit community service agency, aims to help those in financial trouble resolve debt issues. The organizations works out of Springfield, Joplin and West Plains.

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