HARLINGEN — Federal grant money will be used for street improvements, swimming pool repairs, construction of low-income housing and assistance to local nonprofit organizations.
It’s part of the Harlingen Community Development Department’s new one-year plan aimed at pumping $1.01 million in grant money into the community.
Last week, city commissioners approved the plan required by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The city department will use $330,728 to improve seven streets southwest of Interstate 69, Director Tammy DeGannes-Jackson said yesterday.
She said the department also will use $89,000 to replace an old pump and filtration system at the Victor Park swimming pool, the city’s only Olympic-sized pool.
Meanwhile, the department will work with the Brownsville Community Development Corporation to use $215,417 to build homes for low-income buyers.
Jeremy Stremler, the Brownsville nonprofit agency’s associate for resource development and strategic planning, said officials plan to use the money to build two homes.
“It’s definitely a start,” Stremler said.
The Brownsville Community Development Corporation will begin to work with the city after replacing the Harlingen Community Development Corporation, which was found in noncompliance last year.
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