Isabel victims, Hickey school aided in supplemental budget

Ehrlich also allocates money to emergency housing program for low-income, disabled residents

March 23, 2004|By Bill McCauley | Bill McCauley,SUN STAFF

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. today released a second supplementary budget proposal that would double the amount of state funds available for low-interest loans to residents needing to rehabilitate homes damaged by Tropical Storm Isabel.

The governor's supplementary proposal would also allocate funds for the Charles Hickey Jr. school and for a program that that provides emergency housing for low-income, disabled people.

Ehrlich proposes:

$3 million for housing programs in the Department of Housing and Community Development to address unmet housing rehabilitation needs for homeowners whose primary residences were damaged by Isabel last fall.

FOR THE RECORD - Originally published March 24, 2004
An article that appeared on baltimoresun.com in the last 24 hours concerning proposed supplemental budget allocations by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. should have said the $4.3 million suggested for the Charles E. Hickey Jr. school for juveniles would be used to pay for state takeover operations and other expenses, according to LaWanda Edwards, spokeswoman for the state Department of Juvenile Services. The state will assume control of the school April 1.
Baltimoresun.com regrets the error

This would double the amount of money -- a total of $6 million -- available at zero to 2 M-= percent interest for people who have exhausted all other financial remedies for rehabbing homes damaged by Isabel.

First priority for the loans, said Tonna Phelps, an official with the department, will be the 211 families still living in temporary housing such as trailers.

For more information, she suggests residents call this toll-free number: 1-866-227-2497.

Nearly $3 million for assistance payments distributed through the Transitional Emergency, Medical and Housing Assistance (TEHMA) program. The money is for continuation of existing services, said Henry P. Fawell, a spokesman for the governor.

He said it will not allow the program, which had to institute a six-month freeze in January on new applications for emergency housing aid for low-income, disabled people, to expand its services.

$4.3 million to provide funding for operation of the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School and for community placements for youth in the Juvenile Services system. The school, now run by a private company, is being taken over by the state on April 1.

$111,798 in funds for a grant to promote skin cancer prevention in Maryland.

$164,000 and three positions to conduct background checks and home inspections for prospective guardians of children in need of assistance.

$100,000 for Best Buddies Maryland. Best Buddies Maryland pairs people with disabilities in one-to-one friendships with others in the community.

$250,000 in funding for the proposed William Donald Schaefer Public Service Scholarship Program.

Originally published March 23, 2004, 6:06 PM EST

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