Missouri board rejects earmark for mentally ill housing

Friday, August 20, 2010 | 1:43 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has failed in a bid to devote a third of Missouri's low-income housing aid to the mentally ill facing homelessness.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission on Friday defeated Zweifel's proposal.

Instead, it approved a goal of funding two special-needs housing developments within the next year. Those developments would serve the mentally ill, physically disabled, homeless or youths leaving the foster care system.

That's in addition to tax credits approved Friday for a St. Louis project to renovate a building into 23 apartments for people with mental illness.

Though his plan failed, Zweifel said the approved alternative is an important step in getting housing for the mentally ill who either are homeless or on the verge of it.


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Carlos Sanchez August 20, 2010 | 4:54 p.m.

One victory one day and one step at a time.

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