Ehrlich, HUD leader tour local facilities


Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez stopped in Towson and Baltimore yesterday to praise the faith-based initiative program favored by President Bush.

Their first stop was at Trinity House, an assisted living facility in Towson that is run by Catholic Charities. There they spoke with residents and toured the apartment complex.

"Catholic Charities and other nonprofits [are] the glue that holds our society together," Ehrlich said.

Although his gubernatorial bid hardly came up, Ehrlich impressed a group of students on hand from Calvert Hall College High School.

"For me, he's a lot like us," said Owen P. McEvoy, 18, of Bel Air, who is student body president.

After stopping in Towson, Martinez met with members of New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore.

"It was not a meeting to announce funding, but instead a chance for Mr. Martinez to learn about the housing situation in Baltimore," said Kelley Keeler, director of press relations for HUD.

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