Group trying to start Habitat for Humanity chapter A...

Carroll County Digest

February 27, 2000

Group trying to start Habitat for Humanity chapter

A group of Carroll County residents is trying to start a Habitat for Humanity chapter.

A recent meeting included three churches. Other churches, individuals, civic groups and organizations are welcome.

A second meeting will be at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday at Elders Baptist Church on Liberty Road west of Route 32. The core group will seek approval from Habitat for Humanity to become an prospective affiliate.

Habitat for Humanity is an international, ecumenical Christian organization that builds and rehabilitates shelter for those in need. Information: Jack Garnish, 410- 795-6191.

Family-oriented events offered at center next month

The Carroll County Family Center will offer activities for member families next month.

A St. Patrick's Day celebration will be held 10 a.m. to noon March 15 and supper club celebration from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A play group is being formed for infants from birth to 47 months old. "Come Play With Me" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon every other Friday starting this week.

The weekday Parents and Children Together program offers spring-themed activities. Registration is required.

The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Information: 410-857-0629 or 410- 876-7805.

Evening Under the Stars fund-raiser to be March 25

Target Community and Educational Services Inc. will hold its annual spring gala, An Evening Under the Stars, from 7 p.m. to 12: 30 a.m. March 25 at Winchester Country Inn.

The event will feature the Zim Zemarel Orchestra and a silent auction. Black tie is optional.

Tickets are $100 per person, $1,000 for a table, and $2,000 for a corporate table. Half of the ticket price is tax deductible.

Reservations are required by March 10. Information: 410- 848-9090.

Housing agencies' campaign reaches out to Hispanics

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board Inc. are teaming up to provide fair housing education to Hispanic residents around Maryland.

The outreach project will include distributing Spanish-language brochures and posters in libraries, community centers, government offices, businesses and nonprofit organizations' offices.

Organizers also plan to develop a fair housing school curriculum and localized Self-Help Guides to Fair Housing.

Information: 800-895-6302.

Mortgage money is available to first-time homebuyers

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has $29.7 million in mortgage money available for first-time homebuyers statewide.

Each county targets the money to best meet buyers' needs by establishing income requirements and purchase price limits.

Local participating lenders process the loans at the lower interest rate of 7.25 percent, which means a lower monthly payment for the buyer.

In Carroll County, family income is limited to a maximum of $64,300 for a family of one or two, and $73,945 for three or more. Homes can cost no more than $140,634.

Information: 800-638-7781.

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