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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CONTACT: Melissa Bedford Fears
Public Communications Coordinator
(816) 969-1014 office
(816) 572-0605 cell

Applications for Minor Home Repair Program due by July 31

If you are in need of some minor exterior home repairs or minor private sanitary sewer improvements, the City of Lee’s Summit’s Minor Home Repair program is worth considering.

For more than 10 years the City has offered this program that encourages neighborhood conservation through property maintenance by providing grants to help cure the most visible home defects which may adversely affect the value of the home as well as surrounding properties. To date, more than 155 properties in the City have been improved with these grant funds distributed by the City and funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG).

The City will accept applications for this program until July 31.

Only single-family, owner-occupied residential units will be eligible for this program. Eligible repairs include the following:

  • Repair of Windows and Doors
  • Roof Repair
  • Exterior Paint
  • Repair to Porches and Steps
  • Repair to Exterior Foundation Walls
  • Exterior Walls and Trim
  • Flashing Guttering

Low-to moderate income homeowners are eligible based on total household income and must fall within the following HUD guidelines:

Household Size Maximum Income
1 $39,400
2 $45,050
3 $50,650
4 $56,300
5 $60,800
6 $65,300
7 $69,800
8 $74,300
Source: HUD LMI Guidelines for Kansas City Metropolitan Area

 

The applicant will be expected to contribute a share of the fix-up cost. The homeowner’s contribution will not be below $20 or above $500, and will be scaled based on income.

The maximum grant amount is $10,000 per household for home repairs and $3,000 per household for private sanitary sewer improvements. The City will prioritize applications based on the greatest need in terms of household income and needed repairs. Applications will be selected in August for participation in the program or placed on a waiting list. Grants in excess of the $10,000 and $3,000 limits will require approval by the Grant Administrator.

 Applications are available from the Codes Administration Department located in Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 SE Green Street and online from the City’s Web site under the Codes and Neighborhood Services section.

For more information about the Minor Home Repair Program, call the City’s Manager of Neighborhood Services Tracy Deister at (816) 969-1203.
 

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