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City Communications Office

City of Kansas City, Mo.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2012

City proposes amendment to 2011 One Year Consolidated Action Plan

Amendment redefines homelessness in accordance to HEARTH Act of 2009

The City of Kansas City, Mo., announces plans to amend its 2011 One Year Consolidated Action Plan to include the new definition of homelessness as based on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transitional to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The City has also received an additional $208,625 in HUD’s 2011 Emergency Solutions Grant funding to be used for homeless services.

The City will propose the amendment to its 2011 One Year Consolidated Plan at a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Robert J. Mohart Center, 3200 Wayne Ave.

To view the proposed amendment and a complete list of HEARTH Act regulations, please visit www.kcmo.org/housing and see the “Actions Pending” section.

The City invites all residents, service providers, schools, neighborhood groups, businesses, philanthropic organizations and landlords to email comments on the proposed amendment to sarah.cecil@kcmo.org.

Following the plan’s amendment, requests for proposals will be solicited.

The HEARTH Act of 2009 amended the previous McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act by providing four categories under which residents may be considered homeless. According to the HEARTH Act, the categories are: “(1) Individuals and families who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes a subset for an individual who resided in an emergency shelter or a place not meant for human habitation and who is exiting an institution where he or she temporarily resided; (2) individuals and families who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence; (3) unaccompanied youth and families with children and youth who are defined as homeless under other federal statutes who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition; and (4) individuals and families who are fleeing, or are attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or a family member.”

This new definition corresponds to the broad categories originally established by the McKinney-Vento Act.

The HEARTH Act regulations revised its guidelines to not only redefine the definition of homelessness, but also broaden existing emergency shelters and add rapid re-housing to its homelessness prevention activities. It also consolidated three homeless assistance programs into a single grant program to improve the efficiency of addressing the needs of homeless persons.

Any person with a disability who desires reasonable accommodation to attend this public hearing may contact the City’s 311 Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313, or for TTY, 816-513-1889, or by email at actioncenter@kcmo.org.

For media inquiries or more information, please contact Jacquelyn Powell, Neighborhood and Community Services Department, at 816-513-4509.

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