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County gets $900,000 in state grants

September 08, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announced last month that two state grants have been awarded in Washington County.

The town of Funkstown received $700,000 to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant. The town is under a Maryland Department of the Environment consent order to make improvements, according to a list of grant recipients.

Washington County Community Action Council received $200,000 "to create a countywide housing rehabilitation program for low- and moderate-income homeowners," the grant list says.

Kathy Saxman, the director of housing for Washington County Community Action Council, said the money will help homeowners in the county's small towns and rural areas make health and safety repairs.

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The money will be in a revolving-loan fund. As money is repaid, it will be available for other homeowners to use.

The grants are part of almost $7 million in Community Development Block Grant money awarded last month for 23 local projects in Maryland.

CDBG money is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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