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City of Auburn holds public meeting to discuss grant funds

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

A grant from the federal government could soon help low income families in east Alabama.

Every year for the last 15 years, Auburn has received a community development block grant and the city of Auburn held a public meeting to discuss how to best use the funding for the future of the city. Up to nearly a half a million dollars will be put toward helping low to moderate income families.

Todd White, Auburn's community development director, says the funds can be used for a wide variety of things.

"We heard from today's meeting that there's definitely a need for continued housing programs like rehab or our demolition, says White.

"Mainly I see one of the major needs in Auburn. Auburn has done an exceptionally great job when it comes to affordable housing initiatives for low-income families but I also see there can be more affordable housing initiatives in the area of home ownership," says Sharon Tolbert, CEO of the Auburn Housing Authority.

Families or businesses interested in the grant money have until January 30 to apply.

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