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Grant to benefit public housing

September 29, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A $555,811 federal grant will be used to replace appliances and windows and to make other improvements at public housing developments run by the Franklin County Housing Authority.

The money was approved last week through the Comprehensive Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa.

Chris Gulotta, executive director of the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority, is acting as a management consultant to the Franklin County Housing Authority while it searches for a new executive director. He said the authority receives the comprehensive grant each year.

This upcoming year, he said the money will be used to replace most of the kitchen ranges at the 246 units in Chambersburg. He said ranges also would be replaced at the Hawbaker Avenue development in Waynesboro, Pa.

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Gulotta said deteriorated bathroom windows in 56 Waynesboro units will be replaced with half windows that will be less prone to rotting. Refrigerators at some units will be replaced this fiscal year, he said.

Other improvements include additional outdoor lighting in Chambersburg and painting of exterior doors. The public housing complex in the borough is near the Southgate Shopping Center.

About two-thirds of the grant goes to modernizing the housing units, Gulotta said. The other third goes to a variety of programs for residents of the low-income housing developments.

The grant also includes approximately $45,000 to help pay for community policing programs, according to Gulotta.

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