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by David Bryant | November 9, 2003
To the editor: Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc. (POAH) agrees with the view of Linda Irving-Craig that "(a)s housing costs skyrocket, affordable housing crucial" (Opinion, Oct. 5). In fact, our primary mission is to preserve affordable housing that is at risk of being converted into an unaffordable property. Irving-Craig's opinion column raises important questions about the Washington Gardens Apartments that deserve to be answered. This response should alleviate any concerns that she or Hagerstown residents may have about the project, while highlighting the importance of projects such as this.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 22, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An Eastern Panhandle affordable housing consortium formed in 2006 has helped nearly 90 home buyers in the first three years of the federally sponsored HOME Investment Partnership program. Pat McMillan, Martinsburg's community development director, told the Berkeley County Commission Thursday that 38 buyers were within the county's jurisdiction, 17 were in the City of Martinsburg and 18 were from the City of Charles Town and Jefferson County. The program also benefited 13 buyers in Morgan County between the 2006-07 and 2008-09 fiscal years, McMillan said.
NEWS
August 22, 2006
During his appearance last week at the Maryland Association of Counties' annual meeting, Gov. Robert Ehrlich tried to make the case that he deserves another term. Then the governor offered a list of ideas he said he would work to make happen if he were re-elected. One item that caught our attention was affordable housing. Ehrlich said that people who work in health care and public safety need to live in the communities where they are employed. Just how that will be accomplished isn't clear, but we hope that this is an initiative that whoever is elected Maryland's next governor will support.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | September 17, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com How to create more affordable housing in Washington County in a climate of rising land prices and increasing population was the topic of discussion at a two-hour forum at Hagerstown Community College on Wednesday night. At the forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Washington County, two local housing officials, a Washington County Commissioner and a local business representative shared their ideas on affordable housing as some members of the audience posed questions to the officials.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | May 22, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- As the housing market struggles to climb out of its latest slump, the Waynesboro Borough Council is coming up with ways to help its economically disadvantaged residents obtain affordable housing. The council met Wednesday with representatives from Valley Community Housing Corporation and the Franklin County Housing Authority to discuss options, plans and the process for adding affordable housing in the borough for seniors and first-time home buyers. Councilman Ronnie Martin said the discussion was the very start of the process to add affordable housing in town.
NEWS
October 4, 2005
Elsewhere on this page is a letter from Richard Willson, who chaired Washington County's task force on work force housing. As Willson notes, there is one key question citizens must answer: Should taxpayers help low- and moderate-income families become homeowners? We say yes, but before we explain why, some background is needed. On Sept. 27, the task force recommended that the county contribute $3,000 apiece to home down payments for families eligible for a $3,000 state contribution.
NEWS
by Linda Irvin-Craig | October 5, 2003
The Hagerstown City Council needs to ask some educated questions about Washington Gardens Apartments before granting or denying the request from the potential new owners. These new owners have asked the city for tax credit sign-off support for rehabilitation of the complex, which amounts to no more than political support. If they get good answers, with substantial supporting reports and documents, then they need to support the request. Housing standards need to be upheld and supported, whether they are for Section 8, low income or any income category.
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BUSINESS
August 25, 2013
A band of volunteers from the Sellgren Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, on Professional Court in Hagerstown, recently descended on Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build work site on Lexington Avenue in Hagerstown.   They put in a full day of volunteer labor and brought along with them a $10,000 check from the Wells Fargo Foundation for Habitat.  This is the third consecutive year that the Sellgren group has volunteered its time and talents to assist Habitat for Humanity of Washington County in the fight against poverty housing in Washington County.
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OBITUARIES
April 11, 2012
David Preston "Kip" Koontz, 48, of Frederick, Md., a former member of the city's board of aldermen, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 8, 2012, at his home. He is survived by his devoted spouse of 19 years, J.D. Hulse. Born June 11, 1963, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Harry E. and Karen Ann Stouffer Koontz. He was a 1981 graduate of South Hagerstown High and received his bachelor's degree from Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md. He was a history buff who shared his tremendous love of local history, especially of Washington and Frederick counties.
NEWS
January 25, 2012
Holly Place, a Hagerstown organization that provides housing for senior citizens, received $485 from Housing Authority of Washington County employees. Melanie Davis, executive director of Holly Place, recently accepted the donation from Richard Willson, housing authority executive director. Each Friday, housing authority employees contribute $1 each for the privilege of “going casual,” and at the end of the year a vote is taken to determine which charity should receive the year's collection.
OPINION
July 23, 2011
Policy reversal will hurt housing authorities To the editor: On July 14, the markup of the Transportation-HUD (T-HUD) 2012 appropriation in the House began. The results of a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-commissioned study - the Public Housing Capital Needs Assessment - found that the National Public Housing portfolio has a $26 billion backlog of unmet capital needs. With appropriations for the Public Housing Capital Fund at a historic low and a portfolio that only continues to age, this information could not have come at a more inopportune time.
NEWS
By MARIE GILBERT | August 31, 2010
It's a warm spring morning and a dozen women are working hard to complete the frame of a ranch-style house in Boonsboro. There are teachers, lawyers, nurses and a handful of retirees -- all wearing goggles and hardhats. Their project looks like something from Bob the Builder with top and bottom plates, wall studs and headers, and faux doorways. Fast forward several months and the house is close to becoming a home -- a dream come true for a deserving family. Since May, members of the construction crew have spent most of their free time turning floor plans into a reality.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 22, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An Eastern Panhandle affordable housing consortium formed in 2006 has helped nearly 90 home buyers in the first three years of the federally sponsored HOME Investment Partnership program. Pat McMillan, Martinsburg's community development director, told the Berkeley County Commission Thursday that 38 buyers were within the county's jurisdiction, 17 were in the City of Martinsburg and 18 were from the City of Charles Town and Jefferson County. The program also benefited 13 buyers in Morgan County between the 2006-07 and 2008-09 fiscal years, McMillan said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | November 6, 2009
Legislative liaison paints rough picture Ardath Cade, legislative liaison for Washington County Public Schools, gave the Washington County Board of Education a taste of what could happen during the next legislative session in Annapolis. Cade said during a school board meeting Tuesday that efforts are being considered to transfer the cost of pensions for public education employees from the state government to the county government. She said taxpayers would get stuck with the cost of paying the pensions no matter which government entity administers the program.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | September 23, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The day he was evicted after spending the last of the proceeds from the sale of his house, Dale Hunter drove from northern Virginia to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., and checked in to the homeless program there. Almost three years later, he is living off $1,228 a month in VA disability and lives in a subsidized apartment at Potomac Towers in Hagerstown. The $285 a month he pays in rent is based on his income. For Hunter, the system worked when he needed it. The availability of more low-income housing subsidies would be a crucial step in reducing homelessness, according to Michael Stoops, who until August was executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, a national network of people based in Washington, D.C., who work to end homelessness.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | July 11, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Tessa McCarney's dreams were raised with the walls of her new home Saturday morning in Hagerstown. McCarney and about 20 volunteers woke up early Saturday to gather at the Lanvale Street construction site to put up the walls of her house, which is being built by Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and Thrivent Financial Services for Lutherans. McCarney said she hopes to move into the home with her two young children when the work is completed this fall.
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