City of Wichita seeks advice on spending money to help neighborhoods

11/14/2012 4:56 PM

11/14/2012 4:58 PM

The city of Wichita wants recommendations about how to spend federal money to help residents of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

The city’s Housing and Community Service department will gather and compile results and then make recommendations to the Wichita City Council, a news release said.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership programs.

This year, Wichita’s CDBG allocation was just more than $2.5 million but is expected to be reduced to just more than $2.3 million next year. Money from the HOME program is expected to decrease from just more than $1.2 million to just more than $1.1 million, the news release said.

In the past, the federal funds have paid for home repairs, replacement of sidewalks, support for social service programs and loans for down payment and closing costs for first-time low- to moderate-income homebuyers.

Paper copies of the ballots are available at the housing department at 332 N. Riverview. Ballots are due by Monday.

Ballot forms will be online sometime Thursday at www.wichita.gov/CityOffices/Housing/CommunityInvestments

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