Deteriorating KC neighborhood chosen as finalist for grant to rejuvenate the area

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A deteriorating neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri is a finalist for a big government grant to rejuvenate the area.  If chosen the area would be given up to $30 million from the Housing and Urban Development Department.

HUD released the list Thursday morning of the nine finalists pulled from 33 applicants.  Kansas City is in the running along with Baltimore, Memphis and a half-dozen other cities to get some helping transforming a neighborhood.

According the application process, the Kansas City plan calls for the relocation of about 500 residents to smaller mixed income sites over the next five years. The "choice neighborhood" grant also looks to bring high quality public schools and education programs, high quality early learning programs and services, crime prevention strategies, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs.

The finalists were ranked on how well their vision addressed Choice Neighborhoods’ three core goals:

  • Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood
  • People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered to youth and their families
  • Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.

HUD anticipates announcing awards in September, 2015.