4 families set to start on self-help housing

October 23, 1997

The first four families in a Taneytown self-help housing project are scheduled to buy their lots and begin basement excavations next week.

The project, sponsored by Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland, will include 22 houses built by people who don't have enough income to qualify for a conventional mortgage, but contribute "sweat equity" to become homeowners.

Taneytown City Council cleared the way for construction to begin last week. The council waived a city requirement that streets and curbs must be in place before housing construction begins.

The houses will be built in one section of a subdivision near Commerce Street. Representatives of Interfaith Housing assured the council that the needed infrastructure for the houses will be built.

The Taneytown project is Interfaith Housing's first in Carroll County. The coalition was formed in 1992 to provide housing for residents in Maryland's western counties.

Interfaith Housing's projects have included townhouses, condominiums and single-family houses.

Fire

Taneytown: Firefighters assisted Adams County, Pa., at 12: 19 a.m. yesterday, responding to an electrical fire in the 100 block of Craft- way Drive. Units were out five minutes.

Pub Date: 10/23/97

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