Updated at 12:38 p.m. with information on tax credits for those with special needs
Reporting from KCUR's Elana Gordon used in this report.
Missouri's low-income housing agency has approved $100 million in tax credits to help rebuild Joplin and the St. Louis County community of Berkeley after they were hit by tornadoes earlier this year.
Nearly two months after a tornado damaged hundreds of homes in north St. Louis County, some victims are facing a new trauma caused by looters.
KSDK-TV reports that residents and police in Berkeley say it is a crime of opportunity, with criminals stealing from people trying to rebuild after the April 22 twister.
Resident Tonya Brown says two break-ins this week are keeping her family from returning home, as thieves have stolen pipes in the house.
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