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$45 Million in
Recovery Act Grant Funding Coming to Missouri

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
announced today that the United States Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) is providing Missouri communities with approximately $45
million in federal grant money from two programs funded by the Economic Recovery
and Reinvestment Act. The money is being provided through HUD’s Community
Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and Homeless Prevention Grant Program,
which provide federal funds to help local communities foster economic growth and
prevent homelessness.

“We passed the Economic Recovery Act
to put people back to work and bring jobs to Americans across the country,”
McCaskill said. “These federal grant funds are the beginning of that effort, and
I’m happy that the dollars are coming to Missouri so quickly.”

Funding to states and localities
through the Economic Recovery Act will be allocated through existing federal
programs like these in order to ensure prompt distribution and better
accountability. Local projects receive funds from these grants by following the
process set up by each recipient. During Congressional consideration of the
Economic Recovery bill, McCaskill worked to put additional accountability
measures in place.

According to HUD, the following
cities, counties, and the State of Missouri will receive grant funding through
the Community Development Block Grant Program:

  • City of Blue Springs – $61,127
  • City of Columbia –
  • City of Florissant –
  • City of Independence –
  • Jefferson
    City – $88,951
  • City of Joplin –
  • Kansas
    City –
  • City of Lee’s Summit –
  • City of O’Fallon – $65,991
  • City of Springfield –
  • City of St. Charles –
  • City of St. Joseph –
  • City of St. Louis –
  • City of St. Peters –
  • Jefferson
    County –
  • St.
    Louis County –
  • State of Missouri –

“This funding could have a great
impact in many of our communities struggling in the economic downturn. I
encourage those receiving Community Development Grant assistance to focus on
jobs, jobs, jobs,” said McCaskill. 

The following cities, counties, and
state of Missouri will receive grant funding through
the Homeless Prevention Grant Program:

  • Kansas
    City –
  • City of Springfield –
  • City of St. Joseph –
  • City of St. Louis –
  • St.
    Louis County  –
  • State of Missouri –

McCaskill was pleased that no
earmarks were added to the Economic Recovery Act and instead the funding will be
distributed through existing federal grant and loan programs. She believes that
federal grants and loans are a positive alternative to earmarks, which in the
past have been authorized during a secretive process with little
accountability.  Competitive federal grants and low-interest government loans
bring federal assistance to Missouri in an honest and fiscally responsible