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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | September 11, 1991
Federal housing officials are investigating allegations of spending improprieties and potential fraud at the Anne Arundel Housing Authority over the past four years.The probe centers on accusations that senior administrators signed purchase orders without proper authorization and took advantage of government discounts to buy home appliances.The regional inspector general for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Philadelphia confirmed Monday that he's checking into the charges ofongoing misconduct.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
A man was found dead inside of a burning home in Deale early Thursday morning, Anne Arundel County fire officials said. The fire broke out in the single-family home in the 600 block of East Marshall Avenue around 1 a.m., fire department spokesman Keith Swindle said. The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and officials called for two alarms, getting assistance from fire departments in Calvert and Prince George's counties and Annapolis. Firefighters found a deceased man when they searched the home.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | September 12, 1991
Public housing projects in Annapolis and North County will receive more than $5.6 million for much-needed renovations, Representative TomMcMillen, D-4th, announced yesterday.Both the city and county housing authorities won federal grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to upgrade their older communities. Though less than requested, the grants will allow both agencies to finish long-awaited improvements, housing officials said.Annapolis will receive $4.3 million to finish interior work at Harbour House, the largest of the city's 10 public housing complexes, which has been under renovation for a year.
NEWS
March 8, 2014
A house fire in Carroll County on Friday resulted in an estimated $225,000 in damage and displaced the homeowner, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The fire occurred was reported at about 4:45 p.m. Friday in the 3500 block of East Lawndale Road in the Reisterstown area. It took about 45 minutes to control the blaze, the fire marshal's office said. The preliminary cause was listed as accidental; combustible items near a heating source. The owner was displaced and was being assisted by relatives, fire officials said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 13, 2002
Anne Arundel County Council members met yesterday to discuss the possible creation of an incentive program to encourage homebuilders to construct affordable housing in the area. Draft legislation could be available for review as soon as Dec. 1. Affordable housing has become a political issue as housing prices in the county continue to skyrocket. Council members, as well as County Executive Janet S. Owens, promised to tackle the issue of affordable housing in their election campaign platforms.
NEWS
September 13, 1991
A story in the Sept. 11 edition on an investigation of the county Housing Authority ("County housing investigated") excluded some information. In 1988, Sandra A. Ervin received approval from then-executive director Vincent Leggett to purchase kitchen appliances at wholesale prices through the authority. She paid the sales tax after the purchase was publicized.
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By John Dedinas and John Dedinas,Contributing Writer | June 11, 1995
Harford County Housing Inc., a nonprofit organization created more than a year ago to build and refurbish homes countywide for low-income buyers, has a hired an executive director and is looking for homes to purchase.The new executive director is Frank Hodgetts, who will oversee the search for properties. One site under consideration is the Army-surplus Washington Court on Aberdeen Proving Ground near Edgewood.Harford County Housing is using a new approach in the county in its attempt to make up for the lack of low-income housing.
NEWS
August 20, 1995
Explaining Harford County Housing, Inc.I was dismayed when I read Phyllis Brill's article of July 23, entitled, "College Urged for Site." In it, she described the Edgewood Planning Council's recommendation for reuse of the Army's Washington Court Apartments site. As one of those interviewed for the article, I was surprised at the substance that was omitted from my conversation with Ms. Brill and the tone which resulted. A conflict and negative relationship was represented to readers between the Edgewood Planning Council and Harford County Housing, Inc., in regard to the reuse of the site; that does not accurately reflect my organization's position.
NEWS
September 6, 2002
Anyone who wants a chance to get a new garage townhouse in Howard County for half price must submit an application postmarked today, according to county housing officials. A lottery to choose nine moderate-income families to buy into the Cherrytree Park development of $240,000 garage townhouses near U.S. 29 and Route 216 will come within a month after the application deadline, said deputy county housing administrator Neil J. Gaffney. Those chosen will get a three-level, 2,160-square-foot townhouse for $118,700, with a minimum of $3,056 in cash required.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | September 15, 2003
A bill scheduled for a hearing at tonight's Howard County Council meeting, which would allow builders to renovate run-down homes to help satisfy the county's moderate-income housing laws, has won approval from the housing board, with several suggested amendments. The most important recommendation would limit such renovations to 20 percent of the moderate-income units in a developer's project, ensuring that at least some affordable housing would be included in new communities. Currently, moderate income means a house selling for $140,000 to $160,000 in a county where the average home price is close to $300,000, according to county housing Director Leonard S. Vaughan.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
Five people were injured in a house fire in Baltimore County on Sunday afternoon, fire officials said, and authorities expect all to survive. The fire, in the 600 block of Dale Avenue in Fullerton, was placed under control by about 50 firefighters around 3 p.m., according to Lt. Paul Massarelli, a county fire spokesman. Firefighters arrived at the home about 4:18 p.m. to find fire showing through the roof, front and rear of the building. Five occupants of the house were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not expected to be life-threatening, mostly appearing to be smoke inhalation, Massarelli said.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2013
If you want to live in Howard County, one of Maryland's fastest-growing jurisdictions, where it's competitive - and can be pricey - to buy a home, consider attending the 7th Annual Come Home to Howard County Housing Fair. The fair is expected to have more than 1,000 attendees and dozens of real estate professionals on hand for group and individual education sessions about buying and renting. The free event, sponsored by the Howard County government, is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Long Reach High School in Columbia.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2012
John D. Danko stops in mid-conversation to note the sound ringing through the house. The small brass bell chimes from behind the face of the grandfather clock in the foyer, perhaps the same sound people would have heard in their homes while waiting for word from the battlegrounds of the War of 1812. "Back in those days, this is what they heard," says Danko, after the clock has chimed nine times on the hour. Then there's only the tick-tick-tick of the seconds as two weights and a pendulum wrought in cast iron keep the time using technology that dates to the days of the Battle of North Point and Fort McHenry's defense of Baltimore harbor.
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May 7, 2012
It was a standing room only crowd April 20 at the Havre de Grace Activity Center for "Fair Housing in 2012: A Clear Path for All. " The training, free and open to the public, was the result of partnership and collaboration among the Harford County Department of Community Services Office of Human Relations, the Harford County Housing Agency and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. "Havre de Grace was essentially the last stop on the Underground Railroad for many heading north," Harford County Executive David Craig said in a press release.
BUSINESS
By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,Special to the Sun | July 12, 2009
When they became engaged last year, Ed Stone, a Perry Hall native and Kathy Merz, who lived downtown in Federal Hill, began to look for a home. They wanted a new place where they could start their life together. "[Ed] didn't want the city," Kathy Stone remembered. "And I didn't think I could leave it." Then the couple found the new community of Quarry Lake, northwest of the city off Greenspring Avenue. "It was a great compromise," Kathy Stone remembered. "[Quarry Lake] has shops, restaurants and a drugstore for me and greenery and open spaces for Ed."
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | April 19, 2009
After requesting $4.4 million, Howard County is to get $750,000 in federal foreclosure relief funds from the state to buy, fix and resell bank-owned vacant homes. That would be enough for "2.5 homes," the county's housing director, Stacy L. Spann, said recently, though he added that Howard might get a second crack at more money if some funds are left unspent. The other frustration is that the money can't be used to prevent foreclosures, only to recycle homes already owned by banks, Spann said.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | May 23, 2007
After 18 months of waiting, Howard County housing officials are ready to award 26 homes at sharply discounted prices to prequalified buyers at three lottery drawings next month. All but one of the units will be new homes included in the county's Moderate Income Housing Unit program, which requires builders of mixed-use projects to include 10 percent at lower prices. A 3,000-square-foot detached, fully renovated home will be awarded at a drawing June 2 at Oakland Mills High school, where the county is holding a "Come Home to Howard County" housing fair.
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | June 8, 1993
In the yard at Patuxent Institution yesterday, Stephen Johnson watched as a crane hoisted a modular house onto a flatbed truck.Johnson, 38, a convicted murderer who's served 10 years of a 50-year sentence at the Jessup prison, was especially relieved to see the house make a safe landing.He and nine other inmates built the house last summer as part of a vocational program run by the state Division of Correction.The construction crew applauded as the three-bedroom rancher narrowly cleared the prison gates and headed for a Dorsey Road neighborhood where it will become a home for a moderate-income family in Howard County.
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