UPDATE: Feds offering home aid following southwest Missouri tornado

Monday, May 23, 2011 | 3:52 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The federal government is offering aid to people in the Joplin area whose homes were damaged by the deadly tornado.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday that individuals with uninsured expenses — such as home repairs, the replacement of household items or temporary housing — can receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Nixon says the federal government also is granting aid to Jasper and Newton counties for costs with debris removal and emergency protection.

Nixon says Sunday's tornado damaged about 2,000 buildings. Scores of people were killed.

The Missouri Department of Social Services also is helping people affected by the storms apply for or replace food stamps for food that was purchased and lost. A children's division office in Joplin is open and agency staff are at shelters.

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