By J.D. Miles

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – Community Development Block Grants in the city of Plano are changing the lives of families by helping them build new homes.

“We’ve touched the lives of over 20,000 Plano residents,” said Plano Community Services Manager, Shanette Brown.

Brown said Community Development Block Grants, which have existed in the city for 25 years, are also transforming aging neighborhoods across the Plano.

City leaders said an average of ten families a year are using the grants to move into their first homes.

Store cashier Hossien Nazarie qualified for a $60,000 CDBG grant. He has moved from a home that had doors that wouldn’t close properly, to a new house.

“It worked very well,” said Nazarie.

More than 50 percent of the homes in Plano are more than 25 years old. Revitalizing aging neighborhoods will help the city’s need for affordable housing when Toyota brings up to 3,000 workers there in two years.

Plano isn’t the only home with CDBG grants to disperse but it’s one of the few that’s considered “aggressive” about promoting them.

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