Lee’s Summit proposes to spend about $286,000 in Community Development Block Grant money for 2013-14.
Each year the city receives an allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but the agency has not announced official amounts for the year. City staff is recommending a plan based on a 5 percent reduction from last year’s amount. The money is to be used for helping low or moderate income people and comes with a stringent set of guidelines for project eligibility.
Bob McKay, director of Community Development, said that each year the city has more requests for funding in social services than it can meet, because the federal rules put a 15 percent cap on that spending. The city doesn’t take its allowed share for administration so that it can put more money directly into the agencies or programs. He said that once the 15-percent cap for social services is reached, the city staff looks for capital improvements for the agencies submitting requests. “We were able to give money to all that had requests in the capital area, although maybe not as much as they would have liked,” McKay said.
The Lee’s Summit City Council is expected to vote on the plan Thursday, May 2. A council subcommittee reviewed the requests and recommended grants to area agencies. The full council is to vote on the plan at its May 2 meeting.
The requests from agencies exceeded the available amount by about $54,000.
The proposed grants:
• $28,100 for Hope House to provide shelter services for domestic violence victims, including an new security door and walkway lighting
• $4,800 to ReDiscover for a case manager for at-risk children and scholarships for parenting classes
• $23,000 to Lee’s Summit Social Services for operating expenses
• $1,260 to Coldwater for backpack food program for hungry school children
• $900 to Community Mediation Services for mediation services
• $150,0000 to City of Lee’s Summit minor home repair program
• $14,000 to Lee’s Summit Housing Authority for water heaters replacement
• $10,000 to Hillcrest Transitional Housing for mud jacking and piers
• $53,494 to Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation for first phase of a trail/sidewalk connecting downtown to Harris Memorial Park