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County commission approves $1.8 million in community development projects

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners today allocated an estimated $1.798 million in federal funds into local projects that will help fight poverty and improve the quality of life for thousands of Johnson County residents.

County Commissioners approved the proposed draft of the 2017 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development.

Each year Johnson County’s Community Development office works with non-profits, faith-based organizations, county agencies and 16 cities that apply for pass-through federal funding to be used for a wide range of improvements in local communities. These community development projects include housing rehabilitation, sidewalk and sewer improvements, and public services like emergency assistance and child care programs.

The action plan spells out how local entities will use $1 million from a Community Development Block Grant and $798,000 from HOME program funding.

Some examples of projects include:

  •          Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas: providing emergency rent or utility assistance to low income families;
  •          City of Edgerton: Replacing water lines in the city’s inner core;
  •          Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports: Rehabilitation of houses where adults with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities can live independently;
  •          City of Olathe: Funding a taxi voucher program that provides low-cost transportation for low-income, elderly and disabled residents.

The BOCC conducted a public hearing Oct. 27 to receive comments on the draft plan after a 30-day public comment period. Several people representing entities receiving funds next year spoke about the impact of this program.

The 2017 Action Plan is available online.


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Lori Sand
Senior Public Information Officer
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Cell: 816-560-6713

Jody Hanson
Director of Public Affairs and Communication
Office: 913-715-0730
Cell: 913-626-5482