By LAURA ERNDE
A state grant will prevent the only halfway house for women in Western Maryland from shutting down, officials said Thursday.
The W House in Hagerstown will receive $43,142 from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, said Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
The grant will be matched by $23,000 in local private donations.
"This means we can count on our funding and stay open until June," said W House Director Christina Trenton.
W House helps women addicted to drugs or alcohol become productive members of society.
The program is operated by the Washington County Health Department's Jail Substance Abuse Treatment Program.
W House has received grants from the Governor's Office for three years, said Charlie Messmer, project coordinator for the program.
Because there were so many requests for grants this year, the program was in danger of being cut, he said.