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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2009

City housing plan receives federal approval, moves to next step

The City of Kansas City, Mo., recently received notification from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that its Asset Transfer and Capacity Building Plan has been approved. The approval allows the City to proceed to the next step in getting final court approval of the plan.

The federal approval is part of the City’s process to regain control of its assets, which are currently being held in receivership. Next, the City must secure approval of its plan from the federally appointed Receiver and then submit the plan to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

“I am extremely proud of the staff of the City’s new Housing and Community Development Department. Staff members put in very long hours, including weekends, to ensure the City had a quality Asset Transfer and Capacity Building Plan,” said Sharon Sanders Brooks, City Councilwoman, 3rd District, and chairwoman of the City’s Housing Committee.

The City submitted the plan to the Department of Housing and Urban Development on May 1, and completed two updates to meet further requirements. The approved plan is expected to be submitted to the receiver this month.

“The City has a good relationship with the court-appointed receiver and we foresee it not being long before the plan can be submitted to the court for final approval,” said Shirley Winn, acting director of the City’s Housing and Community Development Department.

For more information, contact Shirley Winn of the Housing and Community Development Department at (816) 513-2907.

    
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