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Posted on: January 7, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce awards CDBG Housing Rehabilitation funds to three communities

Three Kansas communities will share $1.2 million in Housing Rehabilitation grants through the federally funded Community Development Block Grant program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced today.

This year’s recipients are Eureka, Fort Scott and Iola. The funding will be used to rehabilitate 49 properties and demolish three dilapidated units among the three cities and will be matched by a combined $29,000 in local funds.

“We’re glad to provide Housing Rehabilitation grants to these deserving communities,” said Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Bill Thornton. “These grants allow us to assist the rural communities that are so important to our state. I’m from a small Kansas town myself, so I know how much these projects mean to our communities.”

Housing Rehabilitation grants are awarded through an annual competition. They support rehabilitation of owner- and renter-occupied residences in targeted areas to encourage neighborhood revitalization.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides federal funding to Kansas communities to address development and infrastructural needs. For 25 years, the program has helped communities enhance their quality of life by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, mostly for persons of low and moderate income.

For more information on Housing Rehabilitation grants or the Community Development Block Grant program, contact the Community Development Division of the Department of Commerce at (785) 296-3004 or, or visit

The cities and the amounts are as follows:

City of Eureka ($400,000; $25,000 in local matching funds)
This grant will rehabilitate 17 homes for low-to-moderate income families and demolish one unoccupied housing unit. Eureka is in Greenwood County and has a population of 2,914.

City of Fort Scott ($400,000; $2,000 in local matching funds)
This grant will rehabilitate 16 homes and demolish one unoccupied unit within a six-block target area in the City. Fort Scott has a population of 7,959 and is located in Bourbon County.

City of Iola ($400,000; $2,000 in local matching funds)
The grant funds will rehabilitate 16 homes and demolish one unit. The city has a population of 6,029 and is located in Allen County.


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