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Wellston Wins Public Housing Grant

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)
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WELLSTON, Mo. (KMOX) – It’s one of the 10 poorest cities in Missouri.

And now, the city of Wellston has won a $.5 million grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to plan possible improvements to public housing.

Joshua Johnson with the Wellston Housing Authority says the 800 people living in Wellston public housing fit a pattern.

“We have 201 units in the city of Wellston, and I believe 98 percent of our heads of household are females,” Johnson says. “So when you look at it, that’s a single-family household.”

Johnson says the average head of household is a 26-year-old single mom, most of whom may not have gotten a high school diploma.

He’s  hoping Wellston can come up with a plan that would win a $30 million HUD grant to actually make proposed changes to public housing.

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