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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2008

Emergency Home Repair Program to start accepting applications Aug. 1

Reformatted Minor Home Repair Program designed to better meet needs

Eligible Kansas City, Mo., homeowners who are in urgent need of roofing, plumbing, electrical and mechanical work can apply for the City of Kansas City, Mo., Emergency Home Repair Program. Applications for homeowners who meet program requirements will be accepted Aug. 1.

"We have redefined the Minor Home Repair Program so that we can better meet the needs of eligible applicants," said Bob Jackson, manager of the Property Preservation Division. This division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department administers the Emergency Home Repair Program, Home Weatherization Program, Municipal Court Fund Program (referral only) and Paint Program.

Eligible applicants are homeowners who own only one property, have not received assistance from this program (the old Minor Home Repair Program) since Sept. 30, 1993, and meet these household income guidelines:

- One person – $23,950
- Two people – $27,350
- Three people – $30,800
- Four people – $34,200
- Five people – $36,960
- Six people – $39,650
- Seven people – $42,400
- Eight people – $45,150.

"Approved applicants receive a single service of urgent need and the repair will be made by a contractor who meets our more clearly defined list of responsibilities. The work provided by this program is 'emergency' in the sense that it is not routine maintenance and will proceed as quickly as possible," Jackson said.

Applications will be accepted Aug. 1 through Dec. 1. In the future, program administrators anticipate accepting applications January through April to allow appropriate time for the work to be done within the calendar year a homeowner applies for assistance.

A Community Development Block Grant established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds the Emergency Home Repair Program.

Applications for the Emergency Home Repair Program are available at the Property Preservation Division office on the fourth floor of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St., and online at http://www.kcmo.org/neigh. For more information or to have an application mailed to you, call (816) 513-3025.

Media inquiries should be directed to Teresa L. Clark, public information officer for the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-3247.

    
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