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Four Franklin County agencies request a share of grant money

February 08, 2001|By STACEY DANZUSO, Chambersburg

Four Franklin County agencies request a share of grant money



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Four more agencies have requested a share of the $320,000 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant funds the Chambersburg Borough Council will dole out later this month.

The council held the second of three public hearings Wednesday night and will decide next week how to allocate the $320,456 between about a dozen groups asking for more than $545,000.

-- Susan Detrich, a board member of the Franklin County Library System, asked for $25,000 to upgrade the Coyle Free Library's restrooms and make them handicapped-accessible.

"We have an elevator and handicapped computers. We want to provide this additional service for disabled residents," she said.

-- Natalie Newcomer, who heads up Financial Counseling Services, asked for $20,000 to help that agency continue to operate. The service provides transitional housing for residents while educating, counseling and mentoring them.

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"We take a holistic approach in helping families become an asset to the community," she said.

-- A representative from Family Health Services of South Central Pennsylvania asked for $21,971 to support its Crossings program, which aids teenage mothers.

Last year, the program served 66 young women in Franklin County, including 32 from Chambersburg.

The money would support a second staff member to conduct home visits.

-- The Chambersburg Hispanic Center asked for $70,000 to renovate part of its building for adult education classes and for additional staff.

Several of the groups that made requests at the last hearing reiterated their interest Wednesday, and only the Chambersburg Community Improvement Association upped its request, to $55,000.

The new total absorbs the $15,000 request from Joyful Noise Productions to host a Safe Summer Project and a Christmas party for low-income families. The group was told at the last meeting that because it had not received its nonprofit status it would have to apply for the grant through another agency, and CCIA agreed.

About 18 percent of the grant money - $57,600 - is earmarked for administrative costs. Fifteen percent, or $48,000, must be spent on a public service - either the expansion of an existing service or a new service.

The other groups' requests include:

-- Downtown Chambersburg, Inc., $104,000 for improvements to the Capitol Theatre.

-- Building Our Pride in Chambersburg, $112,000 for programs and funds for a new building.

-- The Chambersburg Borough Housing Rehabilitation Program, $70,000.

-- New Visions, $38,500.

-- Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, $20,300.

-- ESCAPE Parent Child Center, $9,000.

The final public hearing on the grants will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Chambersburg Borough Hall.

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