Carson receives $1 Million Grant
|Kit Carson, Colorado – population
250 – will get a housing makeover due to a $1 million
grant announced in July by the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development. The funding will support production of sorely
needed housing and clean-up in the community’s historic “Main
The Kit Carson Main Street Affordable
Housing Project will develop five detached homes for rental
or homeownership, depending on the community’s needs.
The grant will cover rehabilitation of two presently uninhabitable
houses; construction of two new homes on empty lots; and demolition
of a house on a fifth property and building of a fifth home
on that site. Kit Carson Rural Development, a non-profit organization
whose mission is rural economic development in the area, will
manage the grant.
Amy Johnson with Kit Carson Rural
Development explains that when rural communities work to recruit
professionals, their “impression of the town” plays
an important role, with housing, amenities, and parks and recreation
all being intertwined in creating that impression. With 250
residents and a very small Main Street area, the three uninhabitable
homes in Kit Carson contributed to a negative first impression
of the town. That, coupled with a lack of housing for young
professionals, makes recruitment a very difficult task. With
five of Kit Carson’s 12 teachers nearing retirement age,
recruitment of teachers is increasingly on the minds of town
leaders like Johnson.
In areas all across rural Colorado,
housing crops up as an impediment to recruiting professionals – not
only educators, but healthcare professionals, as well. This
sort of improvement project has a tremendous positive impact
on how someone considering relocation perceives the community!
The path leading to this $1 million
award began with Kit Carson Rural Development successfully
implementing the $180,000 Prairie Park enhancement project,
funded by Great Outdoors Colorado, or GOCO. Then, they turned
their attention to a 6,500 square foot gas station / liquor
store / auto sales and service center that had been abandoned
roughly 20 years ago. In partnership with Colorado Brownfields
Foundation, they were able to get funding from the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency to assess and clean up this blighted and
polluted site, making way for a business ready site, for which
the community is now actively recruiting a business to occupy.
Having a proven track record of successfully completing grant-funded
projects, Kit Carson Rural Development was ready when Darlene
Scott with the Office of Economic Development brought the grant
opportunity to the town’s attention.
A total of six grants were awarded
by HUD, through their HOPE VI Main Street program. Johnson
indicates that these six grantees were chosen from only 38
applicants, many of which were ineligible for various reasons.
For more information on the HOPE VI Main Street program, click
Congratulations, Kit Carson,
on this major grant award!
|Article taken from Special
Delivery Blog (10/28/2011)
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Low Income Levels
1 person: $34,800
2 people: $39,800
3 people: $44,750
4 people: $49,700
5 people: $53,700
6 people: $57,700
7 people: $61,650
8 people: $65,650
HUD AWARDS $1 MILLION TO EXPAND AFFORDABLE
HOUSING TO REVITALIZED
DOWNTOWN AREA OF KIT CARSON, COLORADO
Six small towns receive $5.5 million to include
affordable housing to “Main Street” revitalization
|DENVER - The downtown area
of Kit Carson, Colorado, will get a housing makeover due to a
$1 million grant announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development. The funding is designed to expand the production
of affordable housing to the rural communitys historic central
business district or Main Street area.
HUD Regional Administrator Rick
Garcia said that Kit Carson is among six communities with populations
less than 50,000 that will receive funding under HUDs HOPE VI
Main Street program to encourage affordable housing production
in their city centers.
Raising capital to build affordable
housing can be a challenge when small towns give their downtowns
a facelift, said Garcia. This funding provides Kit Carson the
tools it needs to create affordable housing for lower income families
so they can share with the broader revitalization of their downtown.
The Kit Carson Main Street Affordable
Housing Project will develop five affordable detached homes for
rental or homeownership, depending upon the communitys needs.
The Kit Carson Rural Development, a non-profit organization whose
mission is rural economic development in the area, will manage
Kit Carson, a rural community
of roughly 250 residents, has been working on Main Street rejuvenation
for many years. Then, the City applied for a HOPE VI Main Street
grant to address the Citys lack of decent, affordable housing.
Kit Carson Rural Development (KCRD), staffed with two employees,
has considered options to purchase five properties. Plans include
the following: 1) rehabilitate two (presently uninhabitable) 2-bedroom
houses; 2) construct two 3-bedroom detached housing units currently
located on empty lots; and 3) demolish a house on the fifth property
and replace the house with a 3-bedroom detached housing unit.
The team for the Kit Carson Main
Street Affordable Housing Project includes the Town of Kit Carson,
Kit Carson Rural Development, The Kit Carson Historical Society,
Dan Grinnan LLC. (Contractor), Eric Richardson Construction, and
the Design and Build Program at Colorado University Denver.
These grants are issued through
HUDs HOPE VI Main Street program that allows small towns to include
affordable housing in their ongoing effort to revitalize older,
downtown business districts. A portion of HOPE VI funds are set
aside to create the Main Street program for small communities
that do not have local housing authorities or have one that manages
less than 100 public housing units. The funds are used to rehabilitate
or construct affordable housing in the area where rejuvenation
has already begun.
Also receiving 2009-2010 Main
Street funding are Martin, South Dakota; the Municipality of Coamo,
Puerto Rico; Hawkinsville, Georgia; Marshalltown, Iowa; and Wrangell,
from Hud Website - 10/28/11