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Cleaver says KC area will receive $1.1 million in home repair grants

Updated: 2013-11-25T05:19:56Z

By LYNN HORSLEY

The Kansas City Star

More than 175 needy families in the Kansas City area are expected to benefit from $1.1 million in grants for home repairs, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver announced Friday.

“A lot of people are going to be happy,” Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, said at a news conference to announce the grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Strong Communities Fund.

Central Bank of Kansas City and Kansas City’s Neighborhood and Housing Services Department received two grants totaling $1 million to assist about 150 low-income families in seven neighborhoods in making essential repairs such as roof replacements, siding, painting and electrical upgrades.

Families must meet specific income guidelines.

One $500,000 grant will assist families in the Wendell Phillips, Washington Wheatley, 23rd Street PAC and Santa Fe neighborhoods. The second $500,000 grant will assist people in the Hickman Mills/Ruskin, Vineyard and Middle Blue River neighborhoods.

Those neighborhoods were designated because they have some of the worst housing conditions and blight, city officials said.

The money will become available in January, and the city will release more details on the application process at that time.

The program will end in November 2015.

The remaining $100,000 will go to Commerce Bank and Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity for roof replacements in the Mount Washington neighborhood in Independence and neighborhoods in Buckner and Grain Valley.

Residents must also meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for the assistance in Independence, Buckner and Grain Valley.

The money becomes available in January. For more information on that program, people can call Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity at 816-461-6551.

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

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