Gray, Public Affairs Officer
400 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101-2406
Phone/Fax (913) 551-5542/(913) 551-5469
October 22, 2003
BUSH ADMINISTRATION DELIVERS NEARLY $4 MILLION IN
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING FUNDS FOR UNIFIED GOVERNMENT OF
WYANDOTTE COUNTY/KANSAS CITY, KANSAS
HUD grants invest in people and places in need
KANSAS CITY, KS - Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Mel Martinez today announced the Unified
Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas will receive $3,997,178 in federal assistance to stimulate
local economies, produce affordable housing, and help the homeless.
"The funding we announce today is an investment to promote economic
development and job growth, increase the supply of affordable housing
and help our most vulnerable neighbors," said Martinez. "These resources
of our continuing commitment to provide communities with the resources they need to meet the particular needs of their residents."
The funding announced today includes:
- $2,888,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds;
- $ 995,178 in Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding; and,
- $ 114,000 in Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG).
HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
enables state and local governments to target their
own economic development priorities. The rehabilitation of affordable housing has traditionally been the largest single use of the grants although CDBG is also an important catalyst for job growth and business opportunities for lower income families and neighborhoods.
HOME (Home Investment Partnerships Program) is the
largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed
exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.
Since 1992, nearly 700,000 affordable housing units have been acquired,
constructed or rehabilitated and nearly 70,000 tenants have received
rental assistance. In addition, more than 200,000 new homebuyers have received assistance to purchase their first homes through the HOME program.
Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) help communities meet the basic shelter needs of homeless individuals and families. Part of HUD's award-winning Continuum of Care initiative, these grants also provide transitional housing and a variety of support services designed to move the homeless away from a life on the street toward permanent housing.
HUD's block grant programs are distributed by formula around the country based on criteria including population, income levels, poverty rates and age of housing stock.