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Housing and community development plan applications ready

Applications are being accepted for the 2004-2008 Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan until Nov. 21. Citizens, organizations, non-profit corporations, and for-profit businesses may apply to participate in the planning, development, implementation and monitoring that goes into Kansas City’s Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan.

The annual citizen plan and application is available on the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Web page ( It is an interactive document that can be typed into directly.

The consolidated plan, a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a multi-year document which provides a citywide needs analysis and guides city government in the appropriation of strategies and funding to address those needs. The consolidated plan presents analysis of the city’s demographic makeup; housing characteristics including conditions of the city’s housing market and inventory conditions; five-year affordable housing strategies and resources; and a one-year action plan.

It also combines the application of four federal grant programs into one. Those programs are: the Community Development Block Grant Program; the HOME Investment Partnership Program; the Emergency Shelter Grant Program; and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program.

The Department of Housing and Community Development conducted several public meetings in Kansas City in September and October to educate the public about the consolidated plan and how they can participate.

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