Home Improvement Grant Available to Low-Income Families

The City of Cape Girardeau has received a $190,140 rehabilitation grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Iowa, for rehabilitation of housing units in the city limits of Cape Girardeau. This grant is the result of a cooperative effort with Clint Karnes, President of Wood & Huston Bank and the City of Cape Girardeau.

The grant provides rehabilitation funding for a total of 30 housing units in Cape Girardeau city limits at $6,000 per unit for individuals and families at 50 percent of the area median income, as approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Grants will be awarded to qualified applicants in the order they are received but with priority given to senior citizens and the disabled.

Income Guidelines

Family Size
(Number of Persons)
50% of
Area Median
1 $19,250
2 $22,000
3 $24,750
4 $27,500
5 $29,700
6 $31,900
7 $34,100
8 $36,300

A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 401 Independence St., to explain the program, answer any questions concerning the program, and to take applications.

Applications may also be taken after April 9 at the Planning Services Office on the second floor of City Hall during the regular business hours of 8 a.m. – Noon and 1-5 p.m. If unable to get to the second floor, please contact the Planning Services Division and someone will be available for assistance with the application.

For questions concerning the housing rehabilitation program, or any of the application procedures, please contact Steve Williams, Housing Assistance Coordinator, at the Division of Planning Services Office or by calling (573) 339-6327.