Shawnee, Johnson County renew plans to fund low-income housing rehab

Shawnee has renewed its commitment with Johnson County to direct funds toward low-income housing. This year’s commitment brings about $100,000 in total to homes that needs rehabilitating, according to a June 25 memo from the city.

The Shawnee council approved in a 6-0 vote Monday, June 25, a three-year memorandum of understanding with Johnson County that supports Shawnee residents who own low-income housing.

Through this arrangement with Johnson County for 2019 through 2021, Shawnee residents can participate in the Johnson County HOME Consortium program, which allocates funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for rehabilitating low-income housing. This year marks the seventh time Shawnee has made this kind of arrangement with the county.

The city’s community development budget this year already includes $19,300 to be allocated for the required 25 percent match for participating in the program, which is operated by the county.

Cumulatively, Shawnee residents may receive up to 11 percent of the funds, or approximately $77,200, that Johnson County receives. That number is based on Shawnee’s population. As part of the agreement, Shawnee will provide a 25 percent match, which is required by HUD. Totaled up, about $100,000 is available for Shawnee residents.

Johnson County receives funding from HUD for the program and is in charge of administering it. Council members Lindsey Constance and Mickey Sandifer were absent for the vote.