The City of Miami and the Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency recently secured nearly $352,000 for housing rehabilitation purposes throughout the City of Miami, according to a statement released this week.

Of the funding, $200,000 came from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant Program, $75,000 came from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, Kan., $22,596 came from weatherization funds and $50,000 came from funds administered by the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency.

The funds will be used to rehabilitate approximately 40 homes within the City of Miami.

Target populations for the program include very low, low, and moderate-income families, particularly the elderly and disabled.

Funds will be used to provide partial home rehabilitation, energy efficiency retrofits, correction of health and safety issues, handicap accessibility, and general and emergency residential repairs.

“Being the public power provider in Miami, it is incumbent upon the City to do whatever it can to help our eligible customers to address energy conservation issues along with critical health and safety issues in Miami homes, said City Manager Michael Spurgeon. “I would encourage residents to apply for these funds while they are available.

In the past, funds for housing rehabilitation have been extremely limited in Miami and the program represents an opportunity to improve living conditions for Miami residents.

Applications for assistance can be obtained at the City's Web site: www.miamiok.org, by calling 541-2236, or contacting the Community Action Agency at (918) 253-4683.