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Housing for homeless planned in Howard County

Howard County is partnering with Volunteers of America Chesapeake Inc., a nonprofit homeless services provider, on a new, 30-unit affordable housing development and resource center for homeless people, to be built on Guilford Road near the intersection of Routes 1 and 32.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said the county will acquire eight acres of land for $3.25 million, which will be turned over to the Howard County Housing Commission.

The commission will lease the land to VOA Chesapeake, which will develop, build and manage the facility.

There were more than 200 homeless persons in the county in January 2013, officials said, many of whom are employed but unable to find affordable housing.