LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — Time is running out to apply for the city of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, to pay for portions of your home repair.
The city distributes money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to qualified applicants. The money comes as a grant, not a loan, so recipients do not have to pay it back.
This year, the city has about $99,000 to distribute. Applicants can receive up to $10,000 for exterior home repairs and up to $3,000 for repairs to private sewers.
The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 30. To qualify, you must fall in certain low to moderate income brackets.
Program leaders said they have partnered with HUD to offer this grant since about 1995. The goal is to stabilize neighborhoods by helping people who can't afford to fix their homes pay for repairs to keep them from deteriorating. One fix on one block can impact an entire neighborhood.
“Older homes and homes that are owned by families with very limited income, these kinds of repairs can get delayed and start to deteriorate and really hurt our neighborhoods, especially in the older neighborhoods,” said Heping Zhan, the city’s assistant director of planning and special projects.
Click here for more information about the Lee’s Summit application process.
Lee’s Summit isn’t the only city to offer residents help with home repairs. Here’s a list and links to other cities in the Kansas City area with the same or similar programs: