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Hancock awarded grant to rehabilitate center

August 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a $30,000 grant to the City of Hancock to rehabilitate a community center.

The community center provides young people with social, recreational and educational programming like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin, both D-Md., said in an e-mailed release on Monday.

The Washington County Community Partnership for Children & Families will use the ARC funds to repair the floor and install HVAC, lighting and sound equipment in the Hancock Community Center, the release says.

The facility will be used as a year-round youth activity center, and programming will include book clubs, drama clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, substance-abuse prevention, literacy programs and tobacco-cessation assistance, the release says.

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At 16.8 percent, Hancock's poverty rate is nearly twice as high as the state rate, Mikulski and Cardin said in the release. About 230 of the 589 children enrolled in Hancock schools live in households at or below the poverty level, according to the release.

Local sources will provide $29,889 and other federal funding will provide an additional $50,000, bringing the total funding for the project to $109,889, the release says.

The ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.

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