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CEDC Considers CDBG Applicants

June 21, 2014

By Mallory Ragon

The Community and Economic Development Committee (CEDC) met June 18 to hear several presentations from area organizations who have applied for community development block grant (CDBG) funds. CEDC is tasked with providing recommendations to the full city council on how the funds allotted to the city are designated.

After a unanimous vote from the committee, the proposed funding designations will be presented to the council at their July 10 regular session. The final deadline is receipt of the funding requests to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by August 15.

Dave Mosby, CEDC chair, commended all of the applicants who presented: “We’re really blessed as a community to have all of you doing what you do.”

Among those the committee heard from were Lee’s Summit Social Services; Lee’s Summit Housing Authority; Coldwater, a faith-based organization who sponsors programs to feed hungry children in Lee’s Summit schools; ReDiscover, a community mental health agency in Lee’s Summit ; Hope House, a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Lee’s Summit and Independence; and Developing Potential, Inc., an organization that provides support to adults with developmental disabilities.

This year the city was granted $338,070; the funding requests from applicants totaled about $20,000 more than that at $358,674.

There was a particularly lengthy discussion of DPI’s application and whether it was eligible for the committee’s consideration: Their request for $25,000 was to help replenish their depleted cash-flow after purchasing a building in April that allowed them to expand their services.

As Heping Zhan, assistant director of planning services, explained, the grant money cannot be distributed as reimbursement for purchases already made. This regulation caught DPI by surprise: they had not closed on the building when they submitted their application and, because it was purchased at auction, they had needed to make a quick decision to buy.

Amy Cox, who represented the organization, said she was unaware of such a stipulation. She made arrangements with city staff to modify their application to request funding for building a parking lot and other projects still waiting to be completed at their facility.

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