Congress created the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program via the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (“the Act”). The primary objective of Title I (of the Act) is to promote “development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.”
Each year, Congress authorizes funds to carry out the purposes of the Act. These funds are distributed on a formula basis to cities and states throughout the country. “Entitlement cities,” such as Kansas City, KS, receive an annual, federal allocation to be used to carry out its locally-designed program strategy consistent with federal regulations governing the CDBG Program.
Each jurisdiction’s plan and strategies for using its CDBG allocation are described in its Consolidated Plan,(PDF, 14MB) a master plan submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for approval every five (5) years. In addition to its Five-Year Plan, jurisdictions must also develop and submit a One-Year Action Plan in order to receive its annual allocation of CDBG dollars.
Citizen participation is a critical component in the development of the Consolidated Plan (Five-Year Plan) and Action Plan (One-Year Plan). Each jurisdiction must actively solicit—and consider—public input when designing its plan for community development, Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and HOME programs. In Kansas City, KS, the plan-development process begins in early spring as part of the Unified Government’s annual budget process, culminating in early August with adoption of the budget.
Under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocates funds to eligible state and local governments, like the Unified Government. HOME funds are only available to housing partner agencies; expect for the CHIP down payment assistance funds, which eligible buyers can apply for via a participating lender. Refer to the CHIP hand out for more information.
These funds are used to expand the supply of decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing for households that are at or below HUD’s 80% income requirements.
The U.G. provides HOME funds to CHDO’s primarily for:
- Rehabilitation and sale of vacant, CHDO or U.G., owned single family houses
- Build new homes
- Eligible buyers: Down payment assistance via the CHIP program
A CHDO is a housing partner that is a private, non-profit entity organized under state and/or local laws. CHDO’s are tax-exempt, and they provide decent and affordable housing to low- and moderate-income persons at or below 80% of the HUD Income Limits. CHDO’s must conform to government standards for financial management, have demonstrated the capacity to carry out activities assisted with HOME funds, and have a history of serving the community where their HOME funds are spent. One-third (1/3) of a CHDO’s board of directors must consist of residents that represent low to moderate income neighborhoods.
A minimum of 15% of the HOME funds allocated to the U.G. are set aside for Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO’s) for housing development.
HUD Guidance for CHDO's
Currently two CHDO's serve Kansas City, KS:
Tom Bickimer (Executive Director)
Two South 14th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102
(913) 342-7580, http://www.chwckck.org
Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corp.
Kansas City, KS 66102
(913) 621-4111, http://www.mtcarmelrc.org
Julie Calderon - Technician
(913) 573-5113 | F: (913) 573-5115 | Email
Home Repair Program (Application accepted by Mail-Fax or Email only)
- Cover page(PDF, 58KB)
- Introduction(PDF, 100KB)
- Program Description(PDF, 130KB)
- Application(DOCX, 48KB)
- Income Verification(PDF, 18KB)
- Barrier Removal(DOCX, 24KB)
- Program Checklist(PDF, 51KB)
Home Repair Program Application (Aplicacion aceptado solamente por Correo- Fax or Correro electronico)
- Cover page(PDF, 76KB)
- Introduction(PDF, 59KB)
- Program Description(PDF, 123KB)
- Application(DOCX, 44KB)
- Income Verification(DOCX, 14KB)
- Barrier Removal(DOCX, 22KB)
- Program Checklist(PDF, 70KB)
To eliminate blight in a target area of Kansas City, KS by providing assistance to very-low income households with repairs that would pose a health and/or safety issue for the homeowner and the community.
Owner occupied households; having income at or below 60% of HUD area median income guideline. The income limit is at or below 80% of the area median income for the Barrier Removal Program.
City limits of Kansas City, KS (excludes Edwardsville, Bonner Springs)
- Furnace (not including Central Air)
- Barrier Removal
Where required by Local, State or Federal rules, or as required by utility companies to the effective functioning of the housing system being repaired, ancillary work items which in themselves would not constitute an emergency condition will be deemed eligible under the program. Such additional work may be included if, in the judgment of the Senior Rehab Specialist, it is necessary and appropriate in accordance with International Property Maintenance Code of 2003.
Trailer homes, town homes, duplex and apartment houses, adjoined properties, rental property and property where business is conducted. Houses in foreclosure or bankruptcy, houses with delinquent real estate taxes, and houses with code violations such as junk and debris, weed, junk cars, etc.
In order to assist as many households as possible the Department is attempting to hold to an aggregate cost. However, the Community Development Department will review the homeowner's needs and make determinations accordingly.
Limitations In Program Scope
Where multiple repairs are needed which, in the aggregate cost, would exceed the grant limits defined above, the Director of Community Development may approve such grants if and only if the cost of repairs does not exceed the market value of the property and the repairs to the property would significantly extend the useful life of the property.
2020 HUD Income Limits (subject to change yearly) 4-2020
For families larger than (8) persons, add the above figure to the (8) persons income for each family member in excess of (8).
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The Community Development Department is required by federal guidelines to implement regulations established by The United States Housing and Urban Development Department – Section 3 Program.
This Program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low or very low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.
Questions? Call 3-1-1
Section 3 Policy(PDF, 108KB)
Unified Government Section 3 Reports:
2010 - 2011(PDF, 179KB)
2011 - 2012(PDF, 88KB)
2013 - 2014 (EC1)(PDF, 88KB)
2013 - 2014 (NSP)(PDF, 6KB)
2014 - 2015 (EC1)(PDF, 6KB)
2014 - 2015 (NSP)(PDF, 6KB)
2014-2015-2016 Friends of Yates(PDF, 79KB)
2014-2015 Sidewalks(PDF, 78KB)
2019-2020 Section 3
2019-2020 HUD60002 CDBG(PDF, 74KB)
2019-2020 HUD60002 EMRG(PDF, 68KB)
FAQ Section 3(PDF, 58KB)