County Plans 33-Unit North Laurel Apartment Complex for Homeless

The Howard Country Housing Commission purchased the Beechcrest Mobile Home Park earlier this year.

The Howard County Housing Commission plans to build a 33-unit apartment complex in North Laurel in an effort to accomodate the chronically homeless, ExploreHoward.com reports.

The commission purchased the Beechcrest Mobile Home Park for $1.6 million in September, executive director Tom Carbo told the publication.

Located just north of Whiskey Bottom Road off of Route 1, the complex would host 33 single-occupant efficiency apartments for homeless individuals.

The site is currently home to 38 mobile homes. Residents have been told the park will close Nov. 15, 2013 and that the county will provide relocation assistance.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said the planned facility will do a lot to help some of the estimated 230 homeless persons in the county.

“We do a great job here,” he told the site, ”but I believe we can always do better.”

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JustABill December 03, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Soooo here is a wonderful example of the ignorance behind the actions of the progressive liberal agenda and its utter absence of logic. In all of their infinite wisdom they believe it is in the best interest of the people of Howard County to pay above market value to purchase privately owned land that was generating tax revenue for the county and then spend tax payer money to redevelop the land and build a limited capacity homeless apartment complex. All for the purpose of housing 33 individual homeless people while displacing at least 38 tax paying homeowners and their families who cannot afford the cost of moving so the county will also use tax payer money to defray their cost of moving. Then these families will most likely not be able to afford the higher cost of living somewhere else in the county and they may ultimately become homeless as well. I believe a far more effective use of all these tax payer dollars would be to work out a deal with the dozens of motels along the Rt. 1 corridor to provide temporary housing for all 230 of these homeless individuals while also providing them with useful assistance in finding jobs and putting Healthy Howard to use to give them medical screenings as a hand up not a hand out. Even the statement by Ken Ulman touting how this will do "a lot" to help "some" of the 230 homeless persons in the county. So "a lot" is now defined as 14.3%. I sure wish I only had to pay "a lot" of my taxes.
temp user December 03, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Now this person knows what they are talking about! Too bad our elected officials can't reason as well as this person...
Polly December 04, 2012 at 11:57 AM
@JustABill - you took the words right out of my mouth. I actually had to read it twice to see if my thinking was wrong. It wasn't. Those who were involved in making this ridiculous decision apparently lack any common sense whatsoever. And they think resident's of HoCo stupid, which is just as appalling. SMDH
John Floyd II December 04, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Quite right, JustABill! Another sterling example of so-called "progressive" liberal idiocy hard at work re-distributing money and wealth from the haves to the have-nots. There is something terribly perverse about the concept of punishing those who strive to become successful in life to reward those who do not with the region's many "career homeless" being the perfect example.
Phil January 08, 2013 at 02:47 AM
I'm impressed Republicans formed sentences here.


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