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Kansas City Project Hope to assist with housing needs

Landlord Forum on Nov. 3 to discuss participation in rental assistance program

The City of Kansas City, Mo., recently received American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (federal stimulus) funding for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and has created the Kansas City Project Hope to assist Kansas City, Mo., and Clay County residents maintain and/or obtain permanent housing.

As part of the program, landlords enrolled in the Kansas City Hope project may be eligible to receive assistance with rent and security deposits for new or existing tenants who meet specific U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines.

The City’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department is hosting a Landlord Forum from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Pioneer Community College, 2700 E. 18th St., for landlords with rental properties in Kansas City, Mo., and Clay County to learn more about the program and how to apply.

At the forum, City staff will also discuss other stimulus-funded programs such as weatherization, lead base paint and employment assistance programs. Additionally, representatives from the Human Relations Department will be available to address Fair Housing and landlord/tenant questions. City Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks, 3rd District, and chairwoman of the City’s Housing Committee will give the introductory address at the forum.

Seating is limited to 160 attendees. Landlords must RSVP for the event by noon on Nov. 2 by calling (816) 784-4440 or e-mailing

Media inquiries should be directed to Jackie Powell with the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, as (816) 754-4500.

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