HUD gives grants to build 200 homes

November 22, 1996|By Robert Guy Matthews | Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF

Close to 200 homes for low-income elderly and people with disabilities will be built in the Baltimore area as part of a federal grant program designed to create housing for those two growing populations.

Departing Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry G. Cisneros announced yesterday that nonprofit agencies in Maryland will receive $23.8 million to rehabilitate or build the housing throughout the state.

The grant was part of $959 million set aside for 10,700 rental

housing units for the elderly and disabled in 43 states.

Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County received the largest awards, nearly $6.3 million each.

An 88-unit apartment building for the elderly will be built at the northern edge of the city in the York Road corridor by Michigan-based Cooperative Services Inc. The grant contains $6.1 million for capital costs, which includes buying the land and putting up the building, and $240,000 for rent subsidies for tenants.

The building will straddle the city and Baltimore County line, said Dean Reger, the company's regional manager.

The one-bedroom apartments will be in a three-story building and will have a security lobby, specially equipped kitchens and a library.

Reger said that the next step is to get the approval of the county and city councils. If all goes well, he said, construction could begin next year.

Another 88 apartments for the elderly will be built in Odenton. The Associated Catholic Charities won $6.1 million for construction and $242,000 for rent subsidies.

Three other nonprofit agencies in the Baltimore area won grants to build 28 apartments for the disabled. One six-unit apartment complex will be built in Hampden.

Outside Baltimore, the grant will provide for 97 apartments to be built for the elderly in Hyattsville and Tacoma Park.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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