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Ground broken for second phase of Interfaith Housing

January 26, 2004

Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland recently broke ground for the second phase of Francis Murphy Apartments, just off Robinwood Drive, near Hagerstown.

Phase II will add 56 units to the 64 developed in Phase I for low-income seniors and represents an investment of $6.1 million.

The organization said the average home purchase price here rose from $169,000 to $179,000 from October to November 2003, quoting the Maryland Association of Realtors Web site. This figure represents a 25.3 percent increase from 2002.

With an average age of 73, an average monthly income of $750 and 85 percent female population, all but five of the current tenants of Phase I are receiving Section 8 assistance.

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The project is managed by the Washington County Housing Authority. People interested should contact the complex's office at 240-313-9300 and leave a message.

Funding for the project is through a Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development CDA HOME Loan, Low Income Housing Tax Credits through Wachovia and private bank funds through PNC Bank to the limited partnership known as Hagerstown/Robinwood Senior Associates, in which Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland is a partner, and all donors to Interfaith Housing.

The complex is named for the late Bishop P. Francis Murphy, one of the founders of Interfaith Housing.

Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland is a not-for-profit developer of affordable housing. The organization describes itself as being dedicated to strengthening lives, building communities, and promoting human dignity and economic justice for families, individuals and senior citizens with lower incomes.

For more information, contact the main office in Frederick, Md., by telephone at 1-800-836-6088 or 301-662-4225, or go to www.interfaithhousing.org on the Web.

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