LONE GROVE - Earlier this week, KXII talked to a family in Carter County who is benefitting from a new program that provides quality affordable housing. The Southern Oklahoma Development Association says they have plans to build more houses in surrounding counties.
SODA has several houses going up in Lone Grove, and their self-help housing program's goal is to place more families in more homes, and help the local economy at the same time.
This is the first time SODA has provided government-funded housing in Carter County. Coordinator Rachel Bailey said it took a tremendous effort to make it happen.
"S.O.D.A. invested three years of time and energy hired staff and somewhere $80,000 was invested before we ever obtained a dollar of funding from the USDA," she said.
Currently, 13 contractors are building houses in Lone Grove. Bailey said future projects will provide jobs and help the local economy.
"These loans are approxametly $8,000 to $90,000," she said. " We were going to be building a total of 25 to 26 homes next couple of years in this area, so if you calculate the figures thats millions brought to the area."
The average SODA client is described as a family of four with an annual income around $35,000 per year.
SODA started in 1966. Officials said they plan to build in Garvin, Love, Marshall and Murray counties, in addition to Carter county.