Hearings to be held on funding plan

HARFORD DIGEST

April 06, 2008

The Department of Community Services has prepared the Federal Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Performance Action Plan, an update to the Five Year Consolidated Plan for Harford County.

The Consolidated Plan is a federally mandated, comprehensive planning document focusing on housing and community development issues and strategies for the county, Havre de Grace, Aberdeen and Bel Air.

The Action Plan also details the projected use of federal funds in fiscal 2008 for the Community Development Block Grant Program and Home Investment Partnership Program.

Citizens may submit written comments on the Federal Fiscal Year 2008 Action Plan through April 25 to Mary F. Chance, director, Harford County Department of Community Services, 319 S. Main St., Bel Air, 21014.

Copies of the report are available upon request at 410-638-3389.

Public hearings on the Federal Fiscal Year 2008 One Year Action Plan will be held as follows:

Tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave.

Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Edgewood Library, 629 Edgewood Road.

Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Bel Air Town Hall, 39 Hickory Ave.

Friday at 11 a.m. at Highland Community Center, 708 Highland Road, Street.

April 14 at 7 p.m. at Aberdeen Council Chambers, 60 N. Parke St.

Safe driving film to be shown twice

The Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy is sponsoring the screening of Crossroads, A Story of Forgiveness next week at two locations.

The film is especially apropos for new drivers and teens who are looking forward to prom season, as well as parents.

The film, which has been featured on NBC's Dateline and Oprah, is the true story of a split-second poor decision, tragedy, forgiveness and grace by the men whose lives were changed forever by reckless driving.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday at C. Milton Wright High School auditorium, 1301 N. Fountain Green Road, Bel Air; and at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fallston United Methodist Church friendship center, 1503 Fallston Road.

The viewings are free, but donations will be accepted.

Information: 410-638-3333.

Craig declares April `Fair Housing Month'

Harford County Executive David R. Craig has proclaimed April "Fair Housing Month" in Harford County, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

"The Fair Housing Act of 1968, as amended, has helped to open doors of opportunity for countless families by prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, disability and family status," said Craig.

To further the spirit of the 1968 act, Harford County will join other metropolitan agencies at a regional conference, "Celebrating 40 Years of Fair Housing: A Response to the Foreclosure Crisis," on April 18 in downtown Baltimore.

The conference, designed for housing counselors, advocates, realtors, and banking and financial professionals, will provide up-to-date information on the foreclosure crisis and policy responses at the state and federal levels.

For information and registration on the conference, call 410-209- 6636.

For information about the Fair Housing Act, call the Harford County Office of Human Relations at 410-638-3150.

Free feline spay or neuter certificates

Harford County Executive David R. Craig and the Humane Society of Harford County have announced the Free Feline Fix, a new program aimed at controlling the county's surplus cat population.

Now through June 30, the humane society will offer a certificate good for one free feline spay or neuter, a rabies vaccination and one topical flea control application.

Certificates are valid only at participating local veterinary offices. There is a limit of three certificates per family, or until funds are gone. Craig awarded the humane society a stipend for the program.

The humane society hopes to reduce the number of unwanted kittens and cats, especially in the spring, that it is unable to find homes for.

Humane society interim director Laura Ulrich also noted that the county has a large number of feral cat colonies that sterilizing would help reduce as well.

Information: 410-836-1090, ext. 102.

HCC to host housing conference

Harford County will hold its first housing conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air.

"Defining and Designing Our Community: Housing Conference of Harford County" will bring together community development leaders, business professionals, activists, elected officials and community members for an intensive look at housing solutions.

Topics will include community development, land use, collaborative approaches to housing, financial tools, and pros and cons of inclusionary zoning.

Information: 410-638-3389.

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