Assistance with food, housing part of plan

April 05, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Continuing to fund four community police officers, promoting homeownership and providing food assistance to the needy are among the requests that would be funded under the Hagerstown city administrator's proposed budget.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at 7 p.m. April 28 in City Hall. City Council members are expected to adopt a budget on May 26.

Projects City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman proposes providing Community Development Block Grant money for in the fiscal year beginning July 1 include:

* $770,000 for the city's homeownership program to buy and rehabilitate housing.

* $452,100 to rehabilitate the Roslyn building next to City Hall. The building will house the Home Store, which will promote homeownership programs.


* $230,689 to help continue providing four community police officers to patrol low- to moderate-income residential areas.

* $183,376 to the Community Housing Resource Board. Of that, $155,726 is to operate the Home Store and $27,650 is for fair housing activities.

* $90,000 for second mortgages for participants of the state's Smart Growth "40 at 4 percent" homeownership program. The first 4 percent mortgage and second mortgage allow participants $500 down payments on a home, said George Andreve, manager of the city's Department of Community Development.

* $52,600 for Washington County Community Action Council 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.

* $25,550 for Senior Living Alternatives Inc. to help provide meals to 30 low-income frail senior citizens.

* $25,000 for Habitat for Humanity to buy property on which to build or renovate homes for qualified low-income families.

* $21,000 for Parent-Child Center Inc. to help continue educating low-income housing residents about parenting, nurturing and child self-esteem.

* $10,000 for Food Resources Inc. to buy and store food so member agencies can draw on it as needed at half price to help low-income families.

* $9,000 for the Live Near Your Work program, which provides $3,000 to employees of participating businesses to buy a home in the community in which they work. The state, city and employer each give $1,000.

Only one person has taken advantage of it in Hagerstown, Andreve said.

* $5,000 for Hagerstown Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. to help pay for operating expenses, such as the director's salary.

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

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