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Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners to apply for shelter grant

New Hope Shelter and Interfaith Housing Alliance asked for support of applications for HOME Investment Partnership money

May 24, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners Thursday offered their assistance to two organizations seeking to create housing for disadvantaged people.

New Hope Shelter and Interfaith Housing Alliance both asked the commissioners to support their applications for HOME Investment Partnership grant money.

The federal money, which is passed through the Pennsylvania Department of Economic and Community Development, must be applied for by a governmental body.

The commissioners said they would apply on the organizations’ behalf.

New Hope Shelter has a homeless shelter and thrift shop in Waynesboro, Pa. Its board of directors is seeking to create a pair of two-bedroom apartments and five one-bedroom apartments on the South Potomac Street building’s second floor using HOME funding.

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The rental units would be designed for disabled, low-income residents.

If approved, the $400,000 in HOME funding would be coupled with an already-received U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant totaling $521,000.

Donations from the public could be used to create apartments on the third floor, shelter Director Bill Burcher said.

Interfaith Housing Alliance is seeking $174,000 from HOME to construct five single-family houses in Nottingham Meadows off Hykes Road in Antrim Township, Pa. The commissioners will apply for that money, plus $100,000 from another program for Interfaith Housing Alliance.

The houses would be for homebuyers who earn 80 percent or less of the median income, which is $57,533 a year. Financial counseling would be available to those residents.

Interfaith Housing Alliance already built 32 units for senior citizens on Washington Street in the Borough of Chambersburg.

No one from the public offered comment during a hearing held Thursday on the applications. The commissioners, however, praised both organizations for their work.

“Personally, I applaud your efforts to move forward and support this population,” Commissioner Bob Thomas said to Burcher. 

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