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Kingsley To Survey Residents In Order To Qualify For Grant Funding

By Beth Milligan | Feb. 26, 2020

After Kingsley received notice from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) that the village no longer qualifies to receive certain grant funding, researchers will help survey residents over the next two weeks in order to re-qualify Kingsley for funding.

Funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is based on eligibility through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. To qualify for grants and programs to assist in revitalizing the Village of Kingsley, surveys must be conducted to update basic demographic information. Local researchers from the Community Research Center at Lake Superior State University will visit randomly selected households over the next two weeks to conduct a brief, anonymous survey of the following information:

> A household’s size and income level (based on only one category – do you make above or below an amount based upon the number of people in your household?)
> Household adult disability status
> A household’s ethnicity and whether the head of the household is female

Village officials stress that the survey is anonymoous, and that participation by Kingsley residents is crucial. "We are required to collect updated information in order to qualify for most federal and state improvement grants," the Village said in a statement. "To do this, we need the participation of all Kingsley residents who are randomly selected. Please help us help our community! Your name will not be recorded, and the information collected will be very general and assigned to a random number. Researchers will not share individual data with either the village or the state; just the averages and percentages within each category."

Anyone with questions about the survey can contact Village Manager Dan Hawkins at 231-263-7778.

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