STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) - Hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding will soon help the city of Staunton address some of its most pressing needs.

Staunton received $354,000 of federal funds after being labeled a Housing and Urban Development Entitlement Community.

Right now, consultants are developing a five-year plan as well as an action plan for 2019 to spend that money.

Feedback from community members has affordable housing and housing rehabilitation as some of the top priorities.

"Because we're such an old city, that this may give us an opportunity to rehab some of the existing housing that we have that's substandard,” Brenda Mead, who’s on Staunton City Council, said. “There are parts of town still - in the middle of town - that don't have sewer and don't have water."

Staunton has a survey online for people to weigh in on where they would like to see the money spent.

Consultants expect to have a draft of the action plan by July 1.