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Community Input Requested on Federal Funds

11/14/2012
Mary K. Vaughn, Director of Housing & Community Services | MKVaughn@wichita.gov | (316) 462-3795

Voting deadline extended

The deadline for Wichita citizens to cast their vote on spending preferences for City of Wichita federal funds has been extended to end of business day on Monday, Nov. 26. Details regarding the balloting process are as described in the media release below:

The City of Wichita is asking for the public’s help on how to spend federal funds assisting residents of low and moderate income neighborhoods.

Any Wichita resident can fill out a ballot available through the City’s Housing and Community Service (HCS) Department. The department will compile the results and use them to determine recommendations that are forwarded to the City Council for its final approval.

The recommendations will guide the spending decisions for federal funds allocated to the City of Wichita by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships programs.

In the past, the federal funds have paid for home repairs for low-income residents, sidewalk replacement, support for social service programs and to provide down payment and closing cost loans for first time homebuyers who qualify as low to moderate income.

Ballot forms are available at the City of Wichita website, Wichita.gov, under City News. Citizens can print out the form, fill it out and return it by mail or in person. The on-line form can also be completed, saved as an individual file and emailed as an attachment to LLank@wichita.gov.

A hard-copy ballot of the 2013-2014 Consolidated Plan spending preferences can also be obtained at the Housing and Community Service Department at 332 N. Riverview, Wichita KS, 67203. Ballots must be submitted by end of business day Monday, Nov. 26.

“We want to encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Mary K. Vaughn, HCS Department director. “Over the past few years these funds have been decreasing, and we are anticipating an eight percent decrease for 2013-14. It is very important to hear from residents about how to apply these spending cuts.”

In 2012, Wichita’s CDBG allocation was $2,569,751, and it is expected to be reduced to $2,364,171. The HOME funding allocation is expected to decrease from $1,223,447 to $1,125,571.

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