U.S. Congressman Dan Boren recently announced the awarding of the Section 202 program grant. The grant will be used to finance the construction, rehabilitation or acquisition of supportive housing for very low-income elderly persons, including the frail elderly. The program also provides rent subsides for the housing to help make them affordable.
Carol Ammons, executive director for Big Five Services headquartered in Durant said, “We only applied for this grant a few months ago and are quite surprised to receive it so soon.”
According to a press release, Boren said, “I am pleased this funding is headed to Southeastern Oklahoma to help supply housing for our elderly citizens. The standard of our community can be measured by how we treat our elderly citizens. This funding will allow this service organization to continue its important work helping those in need.”
The Section 202 program helps expand the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly. It provides very low-income elderly with options to live independently, but in an environment that provides support activities such as cleaning, cooking, transportation, etc.
“This funding will finance new housing construction for low income senior citizens. Big Five services include Head Start, transportation, weatherization, emergency services, free income tax service, prescription assistance, workforce development, vocational and life services for the developmentally disabled and other affordable housing in this city,” said Ammons.
“This grant will be used in the Ardmore area to build apartments in the four-plex style. We service 36 counties with over 500 employees, and try to make the funding go around,” said Ammons.