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County gets federal grant for housing units

November 07, 1998|By SCOTT BUTKI

A $154,346 grant from the federal government will pay for the Washington County Housing Authority to repair two of its public housing units.

The county will use the money to replace the roof and windows at Williamsport's Parkview Knoll and install new smoke detectors and refrigerators at Parkview Knoll and Blue Mountain Estates. They will also make improvements to bring the units up to the standards required under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Richard Willson, executive director of the county agency, said Friday he was quite pleased that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave the county $67,000 more then it received last year.

Each year the county agency prioritizes its needs and then tries to take care of the highest priority items with the money received from government agencies, he said. The HUD grant will allow the county to meet its most immediate need: fixing some of their housing units, he said.

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"Although the roof replacement is the big ticket item, residents have long awaited window and refrigerator replacement," Willson said. Residents have had trouble opening and closing the existing aluminum windows, he added.

The county housing authority manages 81 elderly rental units in Smithsburg, Williamsport and Boonsboro, as well as 24 family units. Blue Mountain Estates and Parkview Knoll provide single bedroom housing for 28 senior citizens.

While HUD gave away $1.3 million in Comprehensive Improvement Assistance Program grants, the Baltimore office of the federal department received almost $6 million in requests, Willson said.

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