Tornado recovery program to help Moore residents still struggling to rebuild

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MOORE, Okla. -- While Moore is on its way to recovery, some residents are still struggling to make home repairs.

Looking back to May 2013, the memories are still very real for many.

"Well, it's kind of stressful. When you lose everything, it's horrible," said Lillie Petete.

Lillie Petete and her husband lost their home in the tornado; they lived there for 38 years.

Luckily, she didn't have any problems rebuilding in the same spot, it's just taking time.

"Seems like everyone's kind of rebuilding slowly," said Petete.

For those still struggling, a new tornado recovery program is providing housing rehabilitation for homeowners who were directly hit during the severe weather outbreak between May 18 and June 2, 2013.

"It's really important for them to build back their home to the point where it's livable and a great space to live in," said Todd Jenson, Assistant City Manager.

Jenson said the grant is funded through HUD, the Housing Urban Development program.

There are $18 million available for housing repairs, like leaks in roofs or missing siding.

Looking around Moore, you may notice the recovery efforts, new homes and the Norman Regional Hospital set to open in 2016.

"There's a lot of progress, we've made tremendous progress. We have with this tornado and previous tornadoes, it's what we do," said Jenson.

"I think it's great that everyone's still coming together and helping one another," said Petete.

Jenson also said the money that’s not used for this program will rollover into future programs.

People can apply for help through Sept. 30 by clicking here.

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