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County Supports Causes

By Staff | Oct 19, 2010

At the Wetzel County Commission meeting held Tuesday two individuals met seeking written support for two very good causes.

Michael Adams of Christians Helping Arrange New Growth Enterprises, Inc. (CHANGE, Inc.) was present to have the commission sign a letter of support for three new homes being built in Wetzel County under CHANGE, Inc. As part of the funding source requirements, CHANGE, Inc. is responsible to demonstrate to the West Virginia Housing Development Fund the support of local organizations and governmental agencies.

CHANGE, Inc. was established by the Weirton Ministerial Association in 1983 for the sole purpose of addressing the concerns of the workers laid-off from National Steel Corporation’s Weirton plant. Since that time CHANGE, Inc. has evolved into a private, non-profit Community Action Agency that provides a variety of programs to individuals and families residing within the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and surrounding communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

As detailed in the letter of support, the project consists of building three separate single family dwellings on the three lots CHANGE, Inc. has contracts to purchase in the D&E subdivision of Lemont Lane in New Martinsville, an area near Apple Street. CHANGE, Inc. has been funded through the West Virginia Housing Development Fund to create these dwelling units and sell them to low to moderate income individuals in the area. In building these three bedroom, one-and-a-half bath, approximately 1,300 square feet in size houses, local families will be able to live in a new Energy Star rated house that has been made affordable by subsidizing the mortgage. The owner will be responsible to occupy the house for at least 15 years in order to have the subsidy forgiven.

The Wetzel County Commission signed the letter endorsing the project. Adams stated construction would begin in February or March.

Also present at the meeting was Wetzel County Family Resource Network Coordinator Theresa Hoskins. She met with the County Commission to sign the annual proclamation declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The proclamation reads:

In recognition of the important lifesaving early detection practices available for breast cancer, the Wetzel County Commission proclaimed October 2010 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The county commission urges all Wetzel County women to become aware that they are at risk for developing breast cancer and to discuss screening with their health care providers.