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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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NEWS
By Richard Willson | November 12, 2005
The Washington County Workforce Housing Task Force applauds The Herald-Mail's interest in the subject of work force/affordable housing. However, recent editorials and news columns have not accurately discussed or listed the complete recommendations contained in our report. This 18-member group, appointed by the County Commissioners, met every week from late June through October. Our assigned deadline meant a short time frame. First we had to address the dimension of the local problem, then a wide variety of housing affordability efforts being attempted around the country.
NEWS
By JAMES M. WOODARD | July 31, 2005
A growing problem for a large segment of today's families is finding an affordable home, either to buy or rent. Teachers, police officers, firefighters, retail sales workers - a huge number of folks we depend on for providing a quality and safe lifestyle in our communities are having a tough time finding a residence they can afford. Increasingly, they are forced to spend a disproportionate share of their incomes on housing, according to a study by the National Association of Home Builders.
NEWS
September 21, 2004
Last week the Washington County chapter of the League of Women Voters held a forum on affordable housing, a topic that Commissioner Doris Nipps admitted hasn't been on top of the commissioners' to-do list. But it would be a mistake for Nipps and others to conclude that it will take a citizens' commission, a consultant study or some other momentous effort to get this affordable housing effort started. How bad is the problem? In April 2003, the average selling price of a home in Washington County was $154,062.
NEWS
By Tim Rowland | October 30, 2005
When the Supreme Court ruled segregation to be unconstitutional 51 years ago, it ordered school boards to integrate "with all deliberate speed. " School boards picked up on the word "deliberate" and proceeded to drag their feet for another decade, until Justice Hugo Black curtly noted that "the time for mere 'deliberate speed' has run out. " Local governments seem to be using their own version of deliberate speed to address the issue of...
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 30, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- During a congressional field hearing on affordable housing Tuesday, Martinsburg Mayor George Karos told U.S. Reps. Shelley Moore Capito and Maxine Waters that the federal government should not make it harder for communities to help themselves address the issue. In prepared remarks, Karos noted that federal funding for community development block grant programs and the region's recently launched affordable housing consortium has continued to decrease. The city receives 25 percent less in such funding than it did four years ago, Karos said.
NEWS
By ROBERT SNYDER | February 11, 2006
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A plan to form a regional housing consortium to address the growing problem of affordable housing in the Eastern Panhandle was explained to local leaders Friday by a representative with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Community Planning and Development Division Director Lynn Daniels met for two hours in Martinsburg with elected and appointed officials from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, as well as leaders from Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, Ranson, Charles Town and the Town of Bath to propose banding together as a way to qualify to receive federal HOME Investment Partnership program grant funding.
NEWS
by John Colson | May 1, 2005
Contrary to conventional wisdom, Washington County does indeed have affordable housing; the numbers prove it. In 2000, the average Washington County home selling price of $124,585 was 27 percent below the state average. By 2004, houses in Washington County, at $205,138, still cost 25 percent less than the state average. While the average state selling prices increased by 164 percent, Washington County's rose by a nearly identical 165 percent. Finally, there's been an increase of 155 percent in the number of houses sold here, which is in line with the statewide increase of 158 percent.
NEWS
April 22, 2005
Breichner: I believe that the primary goal for the next administration must be to increase homeownership, encourage community development and promote access to decent, affordable housing. This can be accomplished by renovating existing residential properties as well as by constructing new market rate housing. To encourage bringing existing residences up to modern standards in specifically designed redevelopment zones, property tax assessments should be frozen for up to a 10-year period depending on the amount of investment expended on the improvements.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
Herald-Mail reporter Tamela Baker sat down with Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich for an interview earlier this week. The governor shared his views about prison security, affordable housing, taxes and fees, and other issues. Read the full stories in Sunday's Herald-Mail.
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