CITY OF PITTSBURG
Numerous employers are expanding and adding jobs in the Pittsburg area, including Pittsburg State University, Via Christi Medical Center, Pitt Plastics, Sugar Creek Packing, Atkinson Industries, Pittsburg Community Schools, Wal-Mart Super Center and the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas. The top priority in the City’s Vision 2030 strategic plan is housing. Pittsburg received $280,000 in MIH funding to develop infrastructure to support construction of ten single-family homes for sale. The grant will also assist homebuyers with down-payment and closing-cost assistance or a mortgage buy down. The city donated the land and provided a real estate tax rebate through the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Currently five homes have been completed and sold and the remaining five are under construction.
UNIFIED GOVERNMENT OF GREELEY COUNTY
Unified Greeley County is a progressive community located on Kansas’ western border, home to the towns of Tribune and Horace. After decades of decline, recent small business and agricultural industry expansion has led to a severe shortage of available workforce housing, especially rental properties. Experiencing marked population growth and significant school enrollment increases in spite of the lack of available housing, Unified Greeley County must find a way to address the community’s housing shortage in order to continue to grow. Unified Government of Greeley County was awarded $115,000 to construct two duplex units with an anticipated completion date of the first duplex in August, 2015.
CITY OF PLAINVILLE
Located at the intersection of US Highway 183 & K-18, Plainville is the largest community in Rooks County. Over the past decade the citizens of Plainville have worked to improve infrastructure and quality of life for their fellow citizens. Over that period the City has worked to replace 100 year old water lines, installed new water meters and storm drainage improvements. The City also plans to replace the existing streets in the business district 1/3 at a time. A housing assessment done in 2013 showed that Plainville is in need of rental housing and only three houses listed for sale in the community at the time of application. The City of Plainville was awarded $362,000 to build six homes that will be offered for sale. The homes will be constructed on a lot that will be vacant after an old hospital is demolished. As of July, 2015 the County is taking bids for the asbestos removal which will be done before the building is demolished.