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City agrees to help CAC fund

May 17, 2001

City agrees to help CAC fund



By DAN KULIN

dank@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council agreed Tuesday that the city should provide $42,000 to help fund a residential program being put together by the Washington County Community Action Council.

A final decision on the funding may be made by the newly elected council members set to take office May 28.

CAC Director of Services Glenda Helman told the Mayor and City Council Tuesday that CAC needs $92,000 from the city and county to launch the program, which is aimed at keeping residents of the Hagerstown YMCA housed after the YMCA moves to new quarters and ends its residential program.

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Single rooms for men at the 149 N. Potomac St. YMCA will not be available after Aug. 1.

Under CAC's plan, a new housing program with up to 51 residential units and two case managers would open in the Dagmar Hotel on the corner of Summit Avenue and Antietam Street.

CAC's original request to the city and county was for $102,000, but Helman said the agency was able to trim the budget.

The Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday morning to give CAC $50,000 for the program.

Tuesday afternoon, Hagerstown's mayor and council agreed to give CAC $42,000. The city funds would come from leftover money from the current fiscal year, now estimated at about $8,000, plus money from the city's reserves. It was unclear Wednesday whether the current or incoming group of council members would grant the money to CAC.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said he expects the new council would formally approve the CAC funding in June. But Zimmerman said the current council could vote on the matter Tuesday if it wants to.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said formal approval of the city funding probably would come from the next council.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein and CAC's Helman said they expect the funding would be formally approved Tuesday.

Helman said city and county funding may be needed for only one year because CAC is applying for a grant to help fund the program for three years.

Without the program Helman said as many as 25 men would become homeless Aug. 1, and another 15 men probably would become homeless later.

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