Some residents express fear, others none, over authority's split from Washington Co.

December 28, 1998|By SCOTT BUTKI

Boonsboro - Some tenants served by the Washington County Housing Authority are worried about the effect of its becoming an independent entity while others seem unconcerned.

The switch is effective on Jan. 1.

The change will not affect the residents in any way, since they will receive identical services and deal with the same employees as before, said Executive Director Richard Willson.

He predicted the residents in the authority's three senior housing communities - School House Manor in Boonsboro, Blue Mountain Estate in Smithsburg and Park View Knoll in Williamsport - and in the 25 other authority housing sites will not notice a difference.

"I don't believe it means anything to the average resident," Willson said.

However, the Washington County Commissioners forwarded to Willson the names of at least four residents who called with concerns about the change.


One of those was Marian Fauntleroy, 72, a School House Manor resident. She and other residents have discussed the situation, along with rumors surrounding it, and are unsure what to think, she said.

"Everybody's a wee bit worried," she said. She called County Commissioner Bert Iseminger to let him know that she and others have concerns that services could change or be eliminated.

She was asked what will happen. "What we are worried about is we don't know why they changed it or what is going to happen," she said.

"When you get our age, you don't like change. It may not change at all and may not really affect us that much. We don't know yet if this will be for the better or not for the better," she said.

Willson sent out a letter Dec. 15 to explain the situation and assuage fears. The letter says that the changes will not affect the residents.

That letter eased some residents' minds, she said. Personally, she is taking a wait-and-see attitude, she added. "That is about what we have to do."

Other School House Manor residents surveyed Sunday seemed unconcerned about the change.

"It ain't a big deal," said Junior Green, 70. He does not expect any problems, he said.

Neither does Lou Early, 83. "It will be the same," she said.

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