Category Rent and utility

Rent and utility assistance, after-school care among uses for Shawnee Community Development Block Grant funds in 2017

By Jerry LaMartina

The Shawnee City Council unanimously approved the city’s 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds report at its Monday night meeting.

Shawnee receives about $250,000 a year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the program. For comparison, Overland Park gets about $750,000 and Johnson County gets about $1.3 million. Funding amounts are based mainly on population but also on the age of housing and the percentage of low- and moderate-income residents.

Unused funding from a given year can be carried over to the following year. Three types of activities are funded: human services, which can’t exceed 15 percent of total funding; infrastructure; and housing.

According to a memo dated Monday from Neighborhood Planner Lauren Grashoff to Interim Ci...

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