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Kudos to those who are continuing to seek affordable housing solutions in the wake of last year's EF-3 tornado, which destroyed many homes in Jefferson City and damaged many more.

Central Missouri Community Action is looking to form a Cole County Affordable Housing Task Force. It will hold an initial meeting from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at Preferred Family Healthcare, 101 Adams St. in Jefferson City.

As we reported Sunday, CMCA serves eight counties in Central Missouri — Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Osage. It uses federal Community Service Block Grants and community support to help clients with employment, education, housing, nutrition, emergency services and health, and to better use available income.

Mayor Carrie Tergin, City Council members, city agencies, developers and rental property owners are committed to attend.

If you can contribute to this task force, we hope you will consider attending this public meeting.

On a related note, we recently reported the Cole County Commission has approved a tax abatement request for a future River City Habitat for Humanity home.

After the tornado, the Habitat for Humanity chapter committed to doubling the number of homes they build this year to eight.

Commissioners abated $611 from the tax rolls for a property at 216 Chestnut St. The property will go to Habitat, and will return to the tax rolls once it is reoccupied by a family.

The county has no need for the fire-damaged property and has been trying unsuccessfully to sell it at the county's delinquent tax auctions since 2008.

In many cases, natural disasters fade from the public eye, but the effects have serious implications for residents for years to come. We're glad to see area organizations are continuing to work on the problem of affordable housing.

News Tribune

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