Harford County has a Good Samaritan in J. William McNally, a retired Edgewood minister who wants to build a boarding house and low-income housing for homeless people trying to pull their lives together. But he needs help from County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann so that work can begin by this spring, as he has planned.
The boarding house, Second Step, is to be located across the street from Forward Step Inc., a shelter for homeless and abused women on Old Edgewood Road that Mr. McNally also operates. About 16 residents would live at Second Step, envisioned as a transitional residence allowing homeless people who have been through Forward Step or similar programs to make the next move toward independence. Mr. McNally also wants to build 11 low-income homes on land already owned by the shelter and rent them to graduates of the program.