City of Franklin Receives $ 1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant for Two Community Centers


(Franklin, LA) – The town of Franklin received a community development block grant in the amount of $ 1,000,000 in funding from the Louisiana State CARES Act, made possible through legislation of Congress on on a first come, first served basis. This award is to be used at McKerall-O’Niell and Broussard-Harris community centers to replace old HVAC systems in an effort to reduce the possibility of any airborne infectious disease. This will also include ventilation and ultraviolet technology in every office, storage room, bathroom and kitchen in both centers.

Louisiana Community Development Office January 7, 2021 memo statement to local governments:

“Congress provided $ 5 billion under the CARES Act for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to states, metropolitan cities, urban counties and island areas. Due to the pandemic, local government entities must take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the CARES Act, HUD received funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the virus. Of this funding, the State of Louisiana received $ 44,336,196. Of this amount, CDC has allocated $ 31,000,000 for upgrading HVAC and ventilation systems in public community facilities. According to the CDC, upgrades / modifications to HVAC systems can improve air quality and minimize the spread of airborne infectious diseases.

“I am extremely happy that my administration was able to work with the South Central Planning and Development Commission to gather all the relevant information needed to complete this grant application in early January. This is yet another major achievement that my team has strived to #RevitalizeFranklin across our beautiful city. “

This project will soon be put out to public tender.


Norma P. Rex