The City of McPherson received its first Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in 2016 totaling $300,000. Initial projects varied depending on how South Central Kansas Economic Development (SCKEED) prioritized specific improvements on each property. Improvements included siding installation or new exterior painting, window and door installation, plumbing, electric, HVAC systems, roofing and gutters. Each home was transformed inside or outside, resulting in improved home value and neighborhood enhancement. The projects, which included 13 home improvement projects and 3 demolitions, were completed in two phases.