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City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 8, 2009

Work begins on Beacon Hill home repair program

Applications for the remainder of the funds start Oct. 15

Home repair work started today on the first of 19 homes in the Beacon Hill project area, thanks to a $540,000 grant provided by the City of Kansas City, Mo., from program income funds through the Housing and Economic Development Financial Corp. and approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The program allows eligible home owners to receive assistance with some exterior repairs, up to a $20,000 maximum individual amount awarded to a homeowner. The Beacon Hill Home Repair Program is open only to residents of the Beacon Hill neighborhood, which is bounded by 22nd Street on the north, Troost Avenue on the west, 27th Street on the south and Vine Street on the east.

Program participants receive assistance via forgivable loans for home repair. The work will be done by contractors hired by the Property Preservation Division of the Housing and Community Development Department. Only exterior repairs including work on retaining walls, driveways, sidewalks and tree removal are permitted.

Homeowners in the Beacon Hill area interested in applying for home repair funding from the remainder of the original $540,000 grant should contact the Housing and Community Development Department at (816) 513-3025. This final phase of applications are due by Dec. 15.

Media inquiries about this program should be directed to Shirley Winn, director of the Housing and Community Development Department, (816) 513-3036.

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