District 4 budget meeting

Mary Anne Williams speaks during a town hall meeting about the county’s next budget Thursday at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick.

Several people during a town hall meeting Monday called on the Frederick County government to improve senior services and expand housing options for people experiencing homelessness.

The resources that the Frederick County Senior Services Division offers and the various programs at senior centers available to older people in the county — including dance and exercise classes, day trips and various other gatherings — helped Frederick resident Mary Anne Williams find a new community after retiring. 

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lots of times when they talk to the homeless they say they don't want to stay in the shelter because its not safe - their stuff is stolen or such. Why would making a specific camping area or building another shelter change that in any way?


Hey FNP, there were other topics discussed as well, like over development, taxes, and the school budget.


My parents lived on costal California. They had mild weather so many homeless people. A local religious group, with donations from members, built a beautiful homeless shelter that was very accessible to the homeless population. Inhabitants had to assist with cleaning the facility, attend religious services., and alcohol and illegal drugs were not allowed Hardly anyone came there so it was a failure. It appears many or most homeless people prefer to live that way. The problem is they affect other people in negative ways. Perhaps just provide an area of land where they are welcome to live. The site could have toilets and shower facilities. Otherwise, just leave them alone.


You are aware of what drug addiction is, right? Why would the church require them to attend religious services? Is that more important to the church than having the people sheltered?


Great idea!!


Why not serve everyone, not just those who attend religious services?



Perhaps the local homeless were of different religious persuasions and didn’t wish to act the hypocrite. Did the local religious group you mentioned offer a variety of religious services or just their own?


So Fitzwater says her adminstration "...eradicating homelessness is within reach..." Seriously, what is the magical solution that Fitzwater has that every City in America can't solve. What would she do different than what was done in by past government? What a joke.


Why do you hate Jessica Fitzwater? What has she done that’s bad? What have you done for Frederick County LuvFrederick, besides bash people that are trying to make FC better? Tell us what you think she should be doing if you LuvFrederick so much! We’re waiting.


Resigning would be a good start.


Do you believe Trump should have resigned? BTW, why do you hate Jessica Fitzwater? What did she do wrong…..get elected? What say you LuvFrederick?


She'll wave her magic wand!! Simple as that! Hahahaha!




"Ryan said she is confident that, with the new administrations at the county and state levels, eradicating homelessness is within reach." Yea sure. Anyone who has ever worked with a homeless person knows it is a layer onion surrounded by substance abuse, mental illness and lack of resources. You can't just throw money at it.


Throwing money at it is the Democrat's way to "fix" anything.


Ignoring it is the Republican's way to "fix" anything


But taking everyone's money and throwing it at the problem is the Democrat way....go figure!!


Hey, here's an idea...lets handout crackpipes and provide more drugs to the homeless by streaming in hundreds of thousands illegals across the USA boarders with fentanyl. This is the democrat way.


Coming in thru the legal crossings. Doesn’t take much to hide a million dollars worth of fentanyl bosco. How do you suggest to stop it?



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