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Home Store boss reports status

February 10, 2000

In 1999, the Hagerstown Home Store had a hand in almost one out of every 10 home sales in the city, according to figures Home Store Director Patricia E. McMillan presented to Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council earlier this week.

The Home Store opened Jan. 5, 1999. It provides financial advice and home buyer education work shops from its office at 21 E. Franklin St.

McMillan and Joseph Kuhna, board president of Community Housing Resources, the private nonprofit organization that opened the Home Store, met with city officials Tuesday to present a status report on the Home Store.

According to their report the Home Store in 1999, held 24 workshops attended by 321 people, helped 90 families purchase homes or get homes under contract of sale. Of those home buyers 49 families bought homes in Hagerstown, 24 purchased homes elsewhere in Washington County, and 17 families bought homes outside the county.

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The 49 new home buyers in Hagerstown represent 9.6 percent of all residential home sales in the city during 1999, according to their report.

The Home Store is run by Community Housing Resources, a private, nonprofit organization. The Home Store is primarily funded by a $155,726 grant from the city's Community Development Block Grant, which is a federal grant to the city.

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