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Wichita's Housing and Community Service Department wants public feedback on how it should utilize federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Residents can fill out a ballot by Monday. The HCS Department will gather results as it determines how to use funds provided from the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships program. The recommendations from the results will be sent to the city council for approval.
The money has been used for home repairs for low-income residents, sidewalk replacement and support for social service programs in the past. It was also used to provide down payment and closing cost loans for first-time homebuyers qualifying as moderate to low income.
"We want to encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity," said Mary Vaughn, HCS Department director. "Over the past few years, these funds have been decreasing, and we are anticipating an 8 percent decrease in 2013-14."
Wichita was provided about $2.56 million in CDBG funding in 2012. Next year's money is expected to dip to $2.36 million. HOME funding allocation is anticipated to go from $1.22 million to $1.12 million.
A copy of the ballot form can be found by clicking here. A hard-copy ballot is available at the HCS Department, located at 332 N. Riverview.