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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A program could help hundreds of Missouri families with a down payment on their homes.

The Kansas City Star reports that the NeighborhoodLIFT program will provide homeowner training and $15,000 in down-payment assistant grants.

Up to 300 families buying houses in Jackson, Clay and Cass counties will be accepted into the program. The program will begin accepting applicants July 27.

The program is administered by Westside Housing Organization and run by NeighborWorks America. It’s funded through a $5.7 million commitment from Wells Fargo, which is working to improve its image after being criticized for opening accounts without customers’ permission in 2016.

Region bank president of Wells Fargo Kirk Kellner says the program predated the scandal.

NeighborhoodLIFT previously came to Kansas City in 2014, when almost 270 families received loans.