Howard Digest

HOWARD DIGEST

March 14, 2007

County gets grant to aid homeless

Anne Arundel County has received a $1.6 million federal grant to maintain and expand its services to the homeless.

"This will pay for transitional housing and supportive service programs provided by Arundel House of Hope, Associated Catholic Charities, Annapolis Area Ministries and Community Residences, as well as provide rental assistance to our most vulnerable citizens," County Executive John R. Leopold said in a written statement.

The majority of the award will continue to fund tenant-based rental assistance programs operated by the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County and the county's Mental Health Agency.

Arundel House of Hope will expand its community housing program and will lease two houses that will serve three to four homeless individuals.

Entries sought for poster contest

Guidelines and entry forms are available for the second annual Mentoring Poster Contest sponsored by the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and the Anne Arundel Mentoring Roundtable.

The contest aims to honor mentors, bring awareness to the importance of mentoring and recognize programs involved in mentoring.

The theme this year is "Mentoring Builds Character." The contest is open to all school-age youth involved in mentoring programs in Anne Arundel County and Annapolis. Prizes will be awarded for the top three posters in each age-related category: elementary school, middle school and high school. Following the judging, a selection of posters will be on display at area malls.

The deadline for submission of posters is May 8.

Information:www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org, pam@volunteerannearundel.org or 410-897-9207.

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