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Groups seeking block grants

January 26, 1998

Groups seeking block grants

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Building a multipurpose sports pad to be used by more than 100 local residents at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds, and continuing community policing are among the activities more than 15 local community agencies have requested funding for through the City of Hagerstown.

According to grant and loan requests, the following groups asked for money:

- Police Chief Dale Jones asked for $242,689 to help continue providing four community police officers to patrol low- to moderate-income residential areas.

- The Bethel Corp., 356 Henry Ave., asked for $135,000 to complete renovations that began in 1995. Replacement windows and sliders need to be installed in 94 units at Bethel Gardens Apartments.

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- The "W" House Foundation of Hagerstown Inc., 37 E. Antietam St., asked for $75,000 to help pay for operating expenses. The "W" House cares for women in the early stages of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

- YMCA of Hagerstown, 149 N. Potomac St., asked for $74,865 to repoint masonry and clean the north side of the building.

- Washington County Community Action Council, 101 Summit Ave., asked for $52,600 to help provide food and financial assistance to families during emergencies and to help pay for salaries and materials for fair housing case management services, including landlord-tenant relations, mortgage default and pre-purchase counseling.

- Hagerstown Goodwill Industries Inc., 223 N. Prospect St., asked for $46,000 to replace an unsafe loading dock.

- Hagerstown Area Police Athletic League, 520 N. Mulberry St., asked for $45,000 to build an outdoor multipurpose sports pad with dasher boards for roller hockey, basketball, soccer, skateboarding, in-line skating and bicycles at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

League President Brett McKoy said funds could be raised later for a roof. Ad space would be available on the dasher boards, according to the application.

- Boys & Girls Club of Washington County Inc., 805 Pennsylvania Ave., asked for $40,396 to install a new gymnasium floor.

- Parent-Child Center Inc., 115 W. Washington St., asked for $29,000 to help continue educating low-income housing residents about parenting, nurturing and child self-esteem.

- Senior Living Alternatives Inc. asked for $25,550 to help provide meals to 30 low-income frail elderly residents.

- Habitat for Humanity, 20 S. Prospect St., asked for $25,000 to buy property on which to build or renovate homes for qualified low-income families.

- Girls Inc., 626 Washington Ave., asked for $24,447 to replace asbestos floor tiles and install heat registers in the multipurpose room and clean air ducts.

- Food Resources Inc., 930 Eldridge Drive, asked for $20,000 to buy and store food so member agencies can draw on it as needed at half-price to help low-income families.

- Hagerstown Neighborhood Housing Services Inc., 451 Salem Ave., asked for $20,000 to help pay for operating expenses, such as the director's salary.

- Hagerstown Housing Authority, 35 W. Baltimore St., asked for $14,000 to help provide summer program activities for about 60 low-income children, ages 8 to 12, at Frederick Manor. The money would be used to buy sports equipment, arts and crafts supplies and to fund field trips.

- Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless, Inc., (REACH), asked for $7,500 to provide security guards and a part-time coordinator for the Cold Weather Shelter.

- Hagerstown Fire Department asked for $2,580 to provide free smoke detectors to residents in the West End, downtown, Northwest Central Hagerstown and Southeast Central Hagerstown.

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