Washington County briefs

February 16, 2005

CAC to receive money for rental assistance

The Washington County Community Action Council is to receive $57,630 from the state to subsidize the rent of low-income residents, according to information provided by the county.

The County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized the submission of the Rental Allowance Program application and grant agreement to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

Approximately 60 households benefit each year from the Rental Allowance Program, according to the county.

The program offers a monthly subsidy of $150 to $250 to low-income families, depending on the size of the household, according to the information.

The subsidy is available to an eligible household for six months. During that time, the recipient completes a needs assessment with a case manager and attends monthly case management meetings.


Information on housing, continuing education, job training and employability, transportation and other referrals are provided at these meetings, according to the county.

Money is raised through Casual Day

Washington County employees raised $351 in January for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Tuesday.

Employees raised the money during a monthly Casual Day event, in which employees donate money or food to various charities. In return, they are allowed to wear casual clothes at work for the day.

The mission of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children ages 7 to 15 with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound, according to a written statement from the county.

- Tara Reilly

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