The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the Kokomo Housing Authority a $222,810 Capital Needs grant Monday to improve safety and security measures at the Garden Square Apartments complex.

The funding will provide updated security cameras and lighting on the grounds in an attempt to improve the quality of life and deter criminal activity.

"Kokomo is one of the safest communities in Indiana, and we are committed to making our city safe and prosperous for everyone,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “This grant shows how serious we are about maintaining our facilities, pursuing grant opportunities and being proactive in addressing long-term projects.”

The grant will allow the Housing Authority to purchase high-definition, outdoor dome mini-cameras, which will include improved network channeling and monitoring systems. It will also fund new LED lighting to increase both the aesthetics and security of the complex.

"Garden Square is a great place to raise a family, and we work hard to make sure our residents have every advantage in doing so,” said Kokomo Housing Authority CEO Debra Cook. “This grant gives us the tools to not only provide housing, but to transform lives. And that is our mission."

Garden Square has 176 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, and accommodates more than 300 low-income residents. It provides after-school programming for students and offers coordinated services in conjunction with community partners.

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