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Carter County will hold a public hearing at 3:45 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2024, at the County Courthouse, 1122 Main St. in Van Buren, MO, to discuss the County’s submission of an application for the Fiscal Year 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery program.  Activities that are eligible for funding under this category include: infrastructure in support of affordable housing, down payment assistance, voluntary buyout, housing counseling, homeowner rehabilitation and reconstruction, and new multifamily housing without low income housing tax credits. The county is interested in obtaining all citizens’ input on community development needs within the county. As part of the hearing process citizens will be asked to verbally assist in the completion of a Needs Assessment document. The document will detail what the residents feel are the strengths and weaknesses of the community. The county needs as much local participation as possible to reflect the true desires of the community as a whole, as well as the comments relating to the proposed project application. The State has established requirements for each category and that at least 51% of the funds must be used to benefit low-and-moderate income persons.  No displacement of persons is proposed.

The project proposed by the County, in conjunction with the City of Van Buren, is to provide Down Payment Assistance of up to 25% for pre-qualified future owners of single-family housing units located within the 63965 zip-code. The current cost of the project is approximately $656,250. For this project the County will enter into an agreement with the City of Van Buren and at least 51% of the funds will be used to benefit low-and-moderate income persons. All citizens are encouraged to attend and comment on the proposed activities.

For more information on the proposed project, and if you require special accommodation (including virtual participation or LEP assistance) contact the Carter County Clerk’s Office at 573-323-4527 before 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12th. The meeting will be held at an accessible location and every effort possible will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.