State awards Community Legacy grants in Harford

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Victor L. Hoskins, secretary of the state Department of Housing and Community Development, presented more than $300,000 in Community Legacy grants in Harford County on Tuesday at a ceremony at the Old Courthouse Building in Bel Air.

Grants were presented to Harford County's Edgewood Revitalization Loan Fund, and to Havre de Grace and Bel Air.

The county received $30,000 for the second phase of the Edgewood Revitalization Loan Fund, which provides low-interest facade improvement and "microloans" to businesses in the Edgewood Community Legacy area.

Havre de Grace was awarded $96,875 for two municipal projects: the Main Street program and facade improvements in the city's downtown business district.

Bel Air received a $175,000 grant to transform the Main Street Armory into a community center and venue for cultural and educational events and entertainment.

Seminars in homebuying, budgets offered to public

The Harford County Housing Agency and the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union have formed a partnership to provide public seminars on budgeting, maintaining a checking account, credit and homebuying. Participants do not need to be credit union members.

Registration is required. Information: Brenda McDowell, 410-638-3045, ext. 255.

County to begin accepting rent-subsidy applications

The Harford County Housing Agency will begin accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides rental subsidies, beginning Wednesday at the agency's offices, 15 S. Main St., Suite 106, Bel Air.

Families whose head of household, spouse or sole member is at least 62 years old, and those whose head of household, spouse or sole member is a person with disabilities who is receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, and who falls within income limits, are eligible to apply.

Families of one must have a maximum income of $25,250. Families of two must have an income of no more than $28,850, and families of three, no more than $32,450. Families of four can earn up to $36,100, and families of five no more than $38,950.

Information: 410-638-3045.

Arc Northern Chesapeake receives grant from CRP

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region has been awarded a two-year grant from the Community Rehabilitation Programs Leadership Network's Training and Technical Assistance Program.

The project will include collaboration between The Arc, the University of Massachusetts Institute for Community Inclusion and Virginia Commonwealth University's Research, Rehabilitation and Training Center.

The program, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, will provide The Arc with an individually developed technical assistance plan, a mentor agency assigned from the CRP Leadership Network, onsite consultation with technical-assistance staff and opportunities to participate in online courses, Webcasts, conference calls and discussions with other providers.

The goals is to improve employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities.

Hess Hotels Group wins Inn of the Year Award

The Hess Hotels Group, a family-owned business that operates hotels in Edgewood, Perryville and Emmitsburg, was recognized by Choice Hotels International for its Sleep Inn and Suites hotel in Emmitsburg with the Inn of the Year Award.

The hotel was selected from more than 300 Sleep Inn and Suites hotels across the United States.

The company, which owns and operates the Best Western, Ramada Conference Center and Sleep Inn and Suites in Edgewood and the Ramada in Perryville, recently upgraded two Comfort Inns, in Edgewood and Perryville, so they could become Ramadas.

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