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Ozark Foothills Post-2017 Disaster Regional Housing Study

Poplar Bluff, MO, June 25, 2019 – The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission and Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation today announced the availability of the full Post-2017 Disaster Regional Housing Study. The study reviews pre and post-disaster data from the counties of Carter, Reynolds, Ripley, and Wayne, along with the population centers in each county affected by the 2017 flooding disaster.   Impediments to housing development, such as infrastructure, flood hazards, and public lands are identified, as are opportunities for recovery strategies.   

Examples of suggested strategies include promoting alternative housing development such as senior housing and maintenance free housing options such as duplexes, townhomes and senior villas. Promoting a healthy housing cycle and diversifying housing options in the region to support the population’s needs are also identified.

To learn more about the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission and Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation, visit the OFRPC website at www.ofrpc.org. The complete study can be found at http://www.ofrpc.org/cmsAdmin/uploads/ozark-foothills-housing-study-june-2019.pdf.

The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission was designated by the Governor of the State of Missouri in 1967 under Missouri's State and Regional Planning and Community Development Act.

The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission was created to facilitate the cooperative effort of its member municipalities and counties in solving problems and planning the future development of human, natural, and economic resources of the Ozark Foothills region. The Commission serves as a guide to local units of government in accomplishing a coordinated and efficient development of the region and the promotion of its public health, safety, general welfare, and economic prosperity in accordance with the area's existing and future needs.

The Ozark Foothills Regional Community Foundation is the charitable arm of the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission. Headquartered in Poplar Bluff, OFRCF was established in 2011 to serve the philanthropic needs of the Ozark Foothills region of Butler, Ripley, Carter, Reynolds and Wayne Counties. OFRCF is governed by an 11-member board of directors with representatives from fund holders from each of the five counties in the service area. OFRCF is an affiliate of Springfield-based Community Foundation of the Ozarks.