Carroll OKs homeless shelter plan

State, county will share cost of 33-bed facility

August 16, 2000|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Carroll County commissioners agreed yesterday to move forward with plans to build a homeless shelter in Westminster.

State and county officials are expected to share equally the cost of the 33-bed facility, which will be built on Stoner Avenue near the Safe Haven homeless shelter. The project is expected to cost about $930,800.

"We're very happy to be moving forward," said Jolene Sullivan, county director of citizen services. "We hope to have the new shelter open in October or November 2001."

County staff is preparing an application for a $465,400 state grant. If the state approves the application, state funding would come from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

It is expected that the county will spend $88,827 on the project. In addition, the local match will include $60,000 from Westminster, $250,323 in proceeds from the sale of Shoemaker House, and in-kind donations worth $66,250.

The county sold Shoemaker House, the current site of Safe Haven, to Carroll County General Hospital in 1995. The hospital allowed the county to keep the shelter at that location while officials looked for a new site.

Safe Haven has 25 beds and serves homeless people with mental illness, substance abuse and addiction problems.

It is run by Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc., a nonprofit corporation that operates several homeless programs under contract with the county.

The commissioners are seeking in-kind donations, such as mattresses and other equipment, for the new shelter.

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