$673,607 grant will provide transitional housing project


Carroll County has received a state grant for $673,607 for a transitional housing project at the northern edge of Westminster, county officials said yesterday.

The grant, from the state Department of Housing and Community Development, will enable the county to move five houses from the 800 block of Littlestown Pike to Kriders Church Road and divide them into apartments for about 15 families.

The county also will build two new homes on the site for the project.

The state considers the grant a loan, but will forgive the loan if the housing still is in public use in 15 years, county Budget Director Steven D. Powell said.

The county received the grant just in time to meet a deadline imposed by a Westminster man who offered to donate five acres for the project.

James Ryan Jr. of Rylea Homes Inc. gave the county the land in August, but said the county would have to obtain financing for the transitional housing project by mid-March or the land would revert to him.

The county made Mr. Ryan's deadline by one day, Director of General Services J. Michael Evans said yesterday.

Transitional housing provides lodging for up to two years so that families that have exhausted their stays at homeless shelters or are in danger of being evicted can become self-sufficient.

The county bought the five houses it will move to Kriders Church Road as part of the Carroll County Regional Airport expansion project.

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