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Carper to Spend Day in Sussex County

Sussex County: Senator Carper's Schedule for Monday July 7, 2003

Jul 03 2003

GEORGETOWN, DE - Senator Tom Carper will spend Monday in Sussex County. He will start his day by visiting the Nanticoke's Seaford Veteran's Clinic. The clinic, which opened in March of this year, has helped alleviate some of the demand for veterans' services downstate. Since its opening, the clinic has seen over one hundred patients. Dr. Yvonne Herrera is heading up the operation. Next, he will be touring Acorn Acres, a new low-income housing facility located at Charles Way in Georgetown. The project was developed by Interfaith Mission of Sussex County, using a $1 million loan from the U.S. Agriculture Department's Rural Development Program, a $1.6 million loan from the state of Delaware, as well as financing from the Federal Home Loan Bank and some private individuals. Ground was broken for the project in the fall of 2001 and tenants started moving in during April of this year. The housing is available to low-income families and people with disabilities. The complex has 24 units, 23 of which are rented, and is comprised of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments. All units receive rental assistance from USDA Rural Development, meaning that residents pay no more than 30 percent of their income in rent. Approximately 75 people are currently residing in the 23 rented units at Acorn Acres. From there, Senator Carper and Congressman Michael Castle will present a $25,000 Community Facility Grant to La Esperanza Community Center for the purchase of two vans that will be used to provide medical outreach services to the Hispanic Community and other vulnerable populations in Sussex County who are uninsured and underinsured. His last stop of the day will be a one-mile walk along the Junction and Break Water Trail with those who have aided in the concept, creation, funding and implementation of this project to help kick off National Parks and Recreation Month. The trail, which follows along the old Junction and Breakwater railroad lines, will connect the towns of Lewes and Rehoboth. The 4-mile trail, which will be used as a multi-purpose and bike trail, will be constructed in three phases and is scheduled to open in October 2003. Senator Carper has been gauging interest, via his website, for a possible national park in Delaware, which is the only state that doesn't have a national park unit. July 7, 2003 9:30- 10:30 am
Veteran's Clinic
Senator Carper will tour the VA facility
Location: 901 Middleford Road, Seaford

1:30- 2:00 pm
Acorn Acres
Senator Carper will take a tour with the Mission's Executive Director, Debbie Schiffer
Location: South Bedford Street, Georgetown

2:00- 3:00 pm
La Esperanza
Senator Carper and Congressman Castle will present La Esperanza with a $25,000 Community Facility Grant Check
Location: 216 North Race Street, Georgetown

3:30- 4:30 pm
The Junction and Breakwater Trail
Senator Carper will take a one-mile walk along the trail to kick off National Parks and Recreation Month
Location: Wolf Point Road, Lewes