35 homes. 7 teams. 1 mission.

That was the message Gov. Jay Nixon shared when he launched the 2012 Governor’s Joplin Habitat Challenge. The challenge, in partnership with Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity and Missouri’s major athletic organizations, aims to build 35 new homes in the heart of Joplin during 2012 to provide continued aid to the city’s recovery.

The EF-5 twister that hit Joplin on May 22, 2011, damaged or destroyed more than 7,700 households, and thousands of Joplin residents continue to live in temporary housing or with family or friends. The 2012 Governor’s Joplin Habitat Challenge will address the need for permanent housing by partnering with Joplin Area Habitat to build 35 homes this year and to set the stage for more to follow.

Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity builds new, safe, and affordable homes which are then sold to families in need of better housing. Families pay back the 0% interest loan over 20 years and work a number of “sweat equity” hours towards their home.

Gov. Nixon’s administration will provide a $3.6 million Community Development Block Grant to support construction and organizational management, as well as pave the way for future builds.

The 35 homes will be divided into seven different neighborhoods, with each neighborhood assigned a sponsor from among the seven Missouri athletic organizations. Players, coaches, alumni, broadcasters and front office staff from each organization will visit their neighborhood on several occasions to serve alongside volunteers and professional builders in assisting with the construction, including framing, siding, painting and landscaping.

How do I Donate?


The Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity is in need of monetary or in-kind donations to continue to serve the community and build homes for those in need.

How do I Volunteer?


Grab a hammer and head to Joplin to work with your favorite Missouri star athletes to build 35 homes for tornado victim in Joplin.