A new home repair program is ready to provide loans of up to $50,000 to homeowners in historic Santa Fe. The Home Improvement Program (HIP) is funded by a grant from the Tax District Central City Economic Development (CCED) Sales Office for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, with support from 3rd District Councilman Melissa Robinson.
With Legal Services and Legal Aid support from Western Missouri, the Santa Fe Regional Council has received $910,000 to rehabilitate existing homes in the Santa Fe neighborhood, which is part of the National Register of Places historic since 1986. This Kansas City neighborhood is home to four churches, a fire station, an arts-focused preschool, many long-time residents and local businesses.
“This innovative approach demonstrates our commitment to partnering with residents to stabilize neighborhoods and secure economic opportunities that have the potential to create generational wealth for working families,” Robinson said. “It is essential that we accelerate homeownership and provide the necessary supports for residents, neighborhood associations and stakeholders to build strong communities.
This program would mean a lot because my husband is an amputee and I’m older and unable to work like I used to,” said Winnie Townsend, longtime owner in the Sante Fe area. “It would be a big plus for us. Our neighborhood is growing and we wouldn’t want to be the only horror. The whole neighborhood would greatly benefit from this program. »
Arvest Bank will administer the loans in partnership with the Santa Fe Area Council to maintain homeownership within the community boundaries (27th Street to the north, Linwood Boulevard to the south, Prospect Avenue to the west, Indiana Avenue to the east) . HIP will provide resources to single-family homeowners and expand on the Santa Fe Regional Council’s previous work to stabilize the community and support committed homeowners in the area who meet income and application guidelines.
The CCED Sales Tax District Board and KCMO City Council have approved sales tax funding, an 1/8th of a cent sales tax passed in 2017 to fund economic development projects in the central city. The CCED Sales Tax District includes the area bounded by 9th Street on the north, Gregory Boulevard on the south, Paseo Boulevard on the west, and Indiana Avenue on the east.
For more information about the program, email the Santa Fe HIP Project Manager or 816.665.7794.
For media inquiries, please contact Marquita Taylor, Santa Fe Area Council President.
About the Central City Economic Development Sales Tax
Kansas City voters took a bold step in 2017 to spark redevelopment along the Prospect Avenue corridor by approving an eighth-of-a-cent sales tax to support economic development.
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