Jackson County Executive to Give
Update on Housing Assistance Program

May 2, 2012 (KANSAS CITY, MO) –  Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will make a presentation Thursday, May 3, 2012 about Jackson County Constructing Futures, a collaborative project between Jackson County and several community partners. The program focuses on providing multiple benefits to the community. The current project involved rehabilitating an existing home for a family in need while offering a jobs program that creates training opportunities for people who are unemployed, under-employed or may have been previously incarcerated.

Thursday’s announcement will take place at 1:00 PM at Maywood Baptist Church (10505 East Winner Road, Independence, Missouri, 64052).

This is the third home completed by Jackson County Constructing Futures. Previous projects took place in the Ivanhoe and Vineyard Neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jackson County Constructing Futures was founded in 2008 by County Executive Sanders. Community partners on this project include Connections to Success, 12 Blocks West, Maywood Baptist Church, Independence School District, and Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity. Primary funds for the project were provided through the Jackson County Legislature’s Housing Resources Commission (HRC). The HRC is a five-person commission responsible for disbursing the County Homeless Assistance Fund. Additional funding came from the Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT).   

Attendees of the Thursday afternoon press conference include: 

● Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders

● Jackson County Legislator & HRC Chairman Bishop James D. Tindall (2nd District)

● Brad Lambert, Director of Connections to Success

● Bob Spradling, Pastor, Maywood Baptist Church

County officials will lead a tour of the newly renovated home immediately following the presentation. Note: Directions to the house will be provided at Thursday afternoon’s press conference. It is a short drive from Maywood Baptist Church.

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