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Free paint available for eligible Kansas City residents

Updated: 2013-09-09T14:48:23Z

By LYNN HORSLEY

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City residents who meet income guidelines can apply to the municipal government for free paint supplies.

Residents must complete an application to receive paint, primer, caulk and other painting supplies to improve their homes. The total cost of the paint supplies cannot exceed $500.

“We provide the paint, not labor,” said Roger Stewart, program supervisor with the city’s Neighborhood and Housing Services Department.

The city has offered the program off and on since the mid-1990s, as funding is available, Stewart said. This year, the program has $75,000, which Stewart said should be sufficient to assist between 300 and 400 applicants. He said the city normally is able to accommodate everyone who seeks the assistance and meets the income restrictions. The paint program is one of several that Kansas City offers to try to improve housing and neighborhood conditions.

Applicants must own and live in the property to be painted, which must be within the city limits of Kansas City. They can own only one property.

Applicants must also meet maximum income guidelines, which are $39,900 for one person, $45,600 for two people, and $56,950 for a four-person household. Maximum guidelines apply for larger households as well.

Paint recipients must make all necessary repairs and properly prepare their homes for painting prior to receiving the supplies. The city will confirm eligibility and inspect the home ahead of time, Stewart said. If approved, homeowners will get a voucher to choose any color of PPG Porter paint.

To download an application, visit http://www.kcmo.org/idc/groups/housing/documents/housing/ocs879231-099072.pdf.

For more information, call the department’s housing and energy conservation section, 816-513-3025.

To reach Lynn Horsley, call 816-226-2058 or send email to lhorsley@kcstar.com.

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