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Beacon Hill home repair program begins

Program will help boost planned development

Homeowners in the Beacon Hill project area are eligible to receive assistance with some exterior repairs, thanks to a $540,000 grant provided by the City of Kansas City, Mo., from program income funds through the Housing and Economic Development Financial Corporation (the receiver) and approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The maximum individual amount awarded to a homeowner is $20,000.

"As a vital component in the redevelopment of the Beacon Hills neighborhood, this repair program for residents who live in and occupy their homes is a means to help fulfill the City's commitment for support of this development project," said Sharon Sanders Brooks, city councilwoman, 3rd District, and chairwoman of the Housing Committee. "The renovation of these existing homes along with the new development will be a great mix for this established neighborhood."

The Beacon Hill Home Repair Program is open only to residents of the Beacon Hill neighborhood, which is bounded by 22nd Street on the north, Troost Avenue on the west, 27th Street on the south and Vine Street on the east.

“I am encouraged by the grant money that has become available for the historic Beacon Hill community,” said Melba Curls, city councilwoman, 3rd District at large. “I know the residents will take advantage of this initiative. Support for this historic community is certainly valuable.”

To be eligible, applicants must also have owned and occupied the property since Jan. 1. Applications will be processed April 15 through Oct. 15, 2009. Only exterior repairs including work on retaining walls, driveways, sidewalks, and tree removal and are permitted.

"Being able to provide this targeted assistance to Beacon Hill residents, in addition to our other programs for the entire city, enables us to effectively and purposefully address housing issues that remain in the core of our city," City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said.

Program participants will receive assistance via forgivable loans for home repair. The work will be done by contractors hired by the Property Preservation Division of the new Housing and Community Development Department. This division previously was in the Neighborhood and Community Services Department and it also administers the Emergency Home Repair Program, Home Weatherization Program, Paint Program and Municipal Court Fund Program (referral only).

For more information about the Beacon Hill Home Repair Program or to have an application mailed to you, call the Property Preservation Division at (816) 513-3025.

Media inquiries about this program should be directed to Teresa L. Clark, public information officer for the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-3247.

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