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CAC seeks funding to move YMCA residents

April 18, 2001

CAC seeks funding to move YMCA residents



By DAN KULIN

dank@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown and Washington County elected officials were asked for about $100,000 Tuesday to help subsidize a plan to move the resident program at Hagerstown's YMCA to a downtown hotel.

The single rooms for men at the Hagerstown YMCA at 149 N. Potomac St. will not be available after the YMCA moves into a new building along Eastern Boulevard later this year.

Representatives from the Washington County Community Action Council presented a plan to city and county elected officials on Tuesday that would move the housing program into the Dagmar Hotel on the corner of Summit Avenue and Antietam Street.

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The CAC representatives said an estimated 40 men would be moved into the Dagmar under this plan.

The program would cost about $186,000, which would cover expenses including subsidies for the rooms and the salaries of two case managers.

Revenues from a trust, grants and other sources would provide about $84,000, leaving about $102,000 unfunded in the first year of the program, according to CAC figures.

CAC representatives estimated they could raise almost $130,000 in the second year, which would cut their request to the city and county to about $57,000.

County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said that to provide funding for this proposal, "we're going to have cut something else from the budget."

City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner noted that the council is currently looking for ways to cut, not add, to the city budget for next year.

But, Metzner said, "I see this as a legitimate need. If we don't do something about it, we'll have homeless people on the streets."

Councilman J. Wallace McClure said the city helps CASA, a shelter for abused women, with a $26,000 annual contribution. He said the city should provide at least an equal amount for this program.

McClure asked if the YMCA could help pay for some of the program.

YMCA representatives at the Tuesday meeting said they couldn't afford to do so.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said, "We have to sit down and figure out a subsidy. We are the ones who suffer if it makes 50 people homeless on Aug. 1."

"You will be hearing from us shortly," Bruchey told the CAC representatives.

Attending the meeting on behalf of the CAC were Executive Director Cheryl Moyer Walkley, Director of Services Glenda Helman, and Community Housing Coordinator Kathy Saxman.

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