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Posted on: December 6, 2023

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The City of Independence has received a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce to rehabilitate 106-110 N 8th in the City of Independence.

This grant will provide the City of Independence the opportunity to search for eligible local citizens interested in participating in the project. Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended through 1994, provides that to the greatest extent feasible, preference for economic opportunities will be given to citizens in Montgomery County who are determined to be low and very low-income persons. A low and very low-income person can be calculated by documenting a household of one (1) is less than 80 percent of the county median income.

Opportunities such as job training and employment that arise through this Community Development Block Grant project will be directed toward City/County low-income residents. A Section 3 business concern can be eligible for a Section 3 contract as awarded in connection with CDBG projects if they meet at least one of the following criteria, documented within the last six-month period:

  • It is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by low or very low-income persons;
  • Over 75 percent of the labor hours performed by the business are performed by low or very low-income persons; or
  • It is a business at least 51 percent owned and controlled by current public housing residents or residents who currently live in Section 8-assisted housing.

Section 3 requirements apply to the City as a recipient, if the project activity is more than $200,000 in funding from housing and community development financial assistance programs.

If you wish to determine if you qualify or have an interest in serving as a subcontractor for this project, please contact David Schwenker, City Clerk, 120 N 6th Street, 620-332-2500 Extension 702.

If you are interested in job training or other employment resources, please contact:

KANSASWORKS services at 1-877-509-6757

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