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August 15, 2012

Pittsburg to seek additional housing rehab funding after overwhelmed by applicants

PITTSBURG, Kan. — After the City of Pittsburg was awarded $220,000 last November through the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation’s HOME Program, officials opened the application process to homeowners seeking funds to rehabilitate their homes.

Forty-one applications were submitted that were eligible for funding, but only 12 could be funded with the money available.

“We obviously have much more need than funds,” said Susan Galemore, a housing rehabilitation specialist with the Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission which administers the program.

So Tuesday night, the Pittsburg City Commission approved submitting a $400,000 proposal — this one for a Small Cities Community Development grant through the Kansas Department of Commerce — for additional housing rehab funding.

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