Shawnee County commissioners Thursday voiced support for Topeka’s Neighborhood Relations department to apply for a scholarship that will help the agency tackle blight in the city.
Sasha Haehn, director of neighborhood relations, asked the county commissioners to partner with the city and her department for an application to a program from the Center for Community Progress that would provide 200 hours of technical assistance. Representatives from CCP would guide and critique the city’s code enforcement policy and analysis on how federal Housing and Urban Development funds are used in blighted areas, among other things, if the scholarship is awarded.
“We really want to take a comprehensive look at how we address blight in the community,” Haehn told the commission.
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