Shelter project gets $50,000 U.S. grant

March 23, 1998

The repair and renovation of Westminster's shelter for homeless families has received a financial boost with a $50,000 federal grant.

Officials at the Green Street shelter need to fix the leaking roof and to reconstruct about 40 percent of the building, according to Karen K. Blandford, the city's housing and community development administrator.

The rear of the building is structurally unsound and can be used only for storage.

Sylvia V. Canon, executive director of the Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc., announced the grant last week after her office was notified by Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, a Western Maryland Republican.

The Community Facility Grant was approved by the Rural Development Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she said. Work on the project is to begin this spring.

The 12-year-old shelter at 23 W. Green St. serves about 21 families a year, usually including parents and their children.

It often has a waiting list.

Last month, Gov. Parris N. Glendening notified Westminster Mayor Kenneth A. Yowan that the state had reconsidered the city's application for $382,870 for repairs to the shelter.

The city asked for emergency consideration, Blandford said, after Westminster lost out in competition with other communities for money from the Maryland Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program, which is administered by the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

Canon said other funds for the renovation and repairs came from the city and from donations by local businesses through a tax-credit program.


Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester responded to an electrical fire in the 500 block of Baltimore Blvd. at 8: 08 a.m. Thursday. Units were out 20 minutes.

Pub Date: 3/23/98

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