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Lawton Council planning for $663K in block grant spending

The City Council put the finishing touches on the spending categories for the city's allocation of Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership funds, in preparation for Lawton's federal allocation for the coming fiscal year.

Municipalities traditionally have until May to file the applications detailing how they expect to spend the grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is allocated to projects that benefit low-income residents. Tim Libby, the City of Lawton's housing and community development assistant director, said the total allocation for the fiscal year that begins July 1 represents a slight increase over this fiscal year, but only because Lawton is targeted for a slight increase in HOME funds.

Overall, CDBG allocations have continued their downward spiral, Libby said, noting the city's total allocation ($663,022, under HUD estimates) is about half of what Lawton received when he first went to work with the city's housing and community development division in 2002.

In all, Lawton is in line to receive $663,022 in CDBG funds (about $19,000 less than this year's allocation) and $329,952 in HOME funds (about $22,000 more than this year), with earned income in the program bringing the total available HOME funds to $349,120.

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