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The City of Kenosha is among nearly a dozen communities in Wisconsin that will benefit from a $5 billion federal grant program intended to expand affordable housing opportunities and services.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials announced Thursday that 651 grantees, including states, “insular areas” and local governments, would receive a share of the supplemental funding through the American Rescue Plan Act made available via the federal housing agency’s HOME Investment Partnership Program.

Kenosha is in line to secure $1,963,911, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., which provided the breakdown of 11 local governments receiving funding from the nearly $90 million allocated to Wisconsin.

Milwaukee will receive the largest allocation at just over $20.3 million. Racine will receive a little more than $2 million, according to Baldwin’s office. Other local governments, including Madison will receive $5,076,197; Dane County, $2,255,364; and La Crosse, $1,097,432.

About $41.9 million, or less than half the total grant to Wisconsin, would cover “non-entitlement” communities. Those are generally cities with populations under 50,000 (not including communities already part of a metropolitan statistical area), and counties with fewer than 200,000 people.

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Kenosha City Administrator John Morrissey said administration is currently working with community development staff coordinating the HOME program and other funds in an effort to “make sure we utilize funding for the best possible outcomes.”

“At this point in time, I cannot provide exactly where the funds will be used, as I want to give the staff time to look into all aspects of the program,” Morrissey said. He noted that the city could use the new federal funds to address access to affordable housing.

Kenosha currently receives a HOME Program allocation of $350,000 each year from the federal government, according to the city’s website. About 10% of the allocation can be used for administrative expenses while a minimum of 15% is restricted for use by eligible community housing development organizations. The remaining 75% of the funds goes toward eligible HOME activities.


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