Public encouraged to weigh in on funding for low income families

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls is getting over $1 million in state funding. It will be spent on things that will benefit low-income families.

Every year the city receives a Community Development Block Grant, as well as funds for their HOME Program.

The money is used for things like child care, Meals On Wheels, home repairs to low-income housing, and assistance for those same people to buy a home. The funding is critical to the city.

"Without it, I think there would be services that these low and moderate income individuals and families would go without," Deputy City Manager, Jim Dockery said.

A subcommittee, made up of three city councilors, has proposed a plan on how to spend the funds. They decided on the current proposed plan from needs that were identified in the city's five-year plan.

It includes income to renovate the Community Center at Jalonick Park.

"It's in need of repair, so it came up on the list this year as a priority," Dockery said.

He said they do not meet all the needs but help with a lot of them. On Tuesday, citizens will have a chance to give their suggestions to councilors on where to spend the money.

"We want to hear from the public. If they have ideas where the funds could be spent that would improve the services in the low and moderate income areas of the community," Dockery said.

He said the public hearing is required by the state but they want to hear from everyone because it is vital the money is spent the right way.

"This is the opportunity for the public to come express how they would like to see those funds utilized," Dockery said.

Councilors will take the recommendations and public comments into consideration before voting on a final proposed plan at the following meeting.

You can follow Alex Achten on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information on the hearing, as well as other council news at @Alex_KAUZ.

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