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Hagerstown housing developments get federal grant

March 26, 1999

A youth club, tutoring program, security officers and new fencing at Hagerstown public housing developments will be funded over the next two years through a $354,000 federal grant, Hagerstown Housing Authority Program Director for Family Services Dianne Rudisill said Friday.

The goal of these programs and projects is to decrease drug activity, enhance the lives of youth and families and keep children off the streets, Rudisill said.

She said the projects were chosen because they were requested in annual surveys completed by residents of the communities overseen by the agency.

Those communities include Frederick Manor, Noland Village, Westview Homes, Parkside Homes, Douglas Court and Potomac Towers.

According to Rudisill:

- $150,000 will fund the operating expenses for two years at a Boys and Girls Club of Washington County facility at Frederick Manor in Hagerstown.

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Frederick Manor is a subsidized housing development with 825 family units.

An average of 55 children visit the club daily, Rudisill said.

- $63,000 will help pay for new fences to go at some of the housing communities under the control of the authority.

- $59,400 will pay for security guards who will patrol housing developments.

- $41,600 to fund a homework tutoring program, which has existed since 1996.

- $40,000 to reimburse the Hagerstown Police Department for overtime hours spent at authority developments.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

- Dan Kulin

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