Government
2:44 am
Tue July 1, 2008

Grant Launches Habitat Home Extension

Habitat for Humanity extends its program in Kansas City's core.

The Habitat for Humanity is assured of funds for 11 new homes in Kansas City's urban core. Federal Home Loan Bank Executive Vice President Nicholas Spaeth has presented Fifth District Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver(D,Mo.) with a check for $110,000. While the sum may appear low for 11 homes, Habitat spokesperson Rebecca Dye says it costs the agency $95,000 to build one house. The new owners pay a maximum $85,000. This grant will satisfy the balance.

The current project is underway in the 5600 block of east 16th street. Among volunteers doing framing and siding is a crew from Kansas City Power and Light company. Joining them as a volunteer is Shelly Allen. She qualifies to buy one of the houses and says she is grateful for the opportunity. She is recently widowed and is caring for a child with cancer.
Spaeth says the Affordable Housing Program of the FHLB has granted $471,000 to Missouri Habitat for Humanity projects since 1990.