At the June 21 council meeting Barbara Burleson, planning director for the City of Altus, proposed to council, to consider, discuss and approve a resolution requesting assistance in community development by submitting an application for a Community Development Block Grant or CDBG to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for 2016 funding. If approved, the grant will be used for the demolition of dilapidated residential and commercial structures.
The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority or SWODA program CDBG money enables rural Oklahoma communities to finance a variety of public infrastructure and economic improvements and as a result of the improvements helps promote job growth. CDBG funds are provided by the federal government and managed by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. With CDBG funds, SWODA has helped build and repair sewer and water systems, construct community centers, senior citizens centers and fire stations. Firetrucks and ambulances also have been purchased with CDBG funding.
Clyde Morgan of the SWODA of Burns flat spoke on funding and the grant process at the CDBG application public hearing June 21.
In 2015, the city received $250,000, with the city matching the amount.
CDBG grants are received from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce through SWODA which assists Beckham, Roger Mills, Custer, Washita, Kiowa, Harmon, Jackson and Greer counties.
The funds will help demolish dilapidated residential, and commercial structures, that are unattractive and potentially dangerous.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.