(Franklin, LA) - The City of Franklin received a Community Development Block Grant totaling $1,000,000 of CARES Act funding from the State of Louisiana made possible through Congressional Legislation on a first come, first serve basis. This award is to be utilized at both the McKerall-O’Niell and Broussard-Harris Community Centers to replace the old HVAC systems in an effort to help reduce the possibility of any airborne infectious disease. This will also include ventilation and ultraviolet technology throughout each office, storage room, bathroom and kitchen in both centers.
Statement from the January 7, 2021 Memo from the Louisiana Office of Community Development to Local Governments:
“Congress provided $5 billion in the CARES Act for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to states, metropolitan cities, urban counties, and insular areas. Due to the pandemic, local government entities are having to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the CARES Act, HUD was allocated funding to prevent, prepare, and respond to the virus. From that funding, the State of Louisiana has been appropriated $44,336,196. Of that amount, CDC has allocated $31,000,000 for upgrades to HVAC and ventilation systems in publicly-owned community facilities. According to the CDC, upgrades/modifications to HVAC systems can improve air quality and minimize the spread of airborne infectious disease.”
"I am extremely excited that my administration was able to work with South Central Planning and Development Commission to gather all pertinent information needed to complete this grant application in early January. This is yet another major accomplishment that my team has aggressively made an effort to #RevitalizeFranklin throughout our Beautiful City."
This project will soon be placed for the public bidding process.