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Maranatha request for block grant to go to public hearing in Waynesboro

July 18, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A request from Maranatha Inc. for $10,000 of Community Development Block Grant money will proceed to a public hearing over the objections of a pair of Waynesboro council members.

Maranatha offers assistance to low- to moderate-income people in several manners, including housing, food, job placement and GED training. While the organization assists residents all over Franklin County, its director said in a letter that Maranatha's three apartment units in its transitional housing program are within the Borough of Waynesboro.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said that, if awarded, the grant money would have to be used in Waynesboro. The borough receives CDBG grants annually and has the ability to dole portions of the money out to organizations.

On Wednesday, the council approved the request to proceed to a hearing on a 3-2 vote.

Council members Jason Stains, Ronnie Martin and C. Harold Mumma were in favor of the hearing. Councilman Craig Newcomer recused himself from discussion because he has relatives involved with Maranatha.

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Councilmen Charles "Chip" McCammon and Ben Greenawalt were against the request.

"We don't even fund our own shelter. We've got our own problems in Waynesboro," McCammon said.

- Jennifer Fitch

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