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Leaders talk youth programs, housing

September 24, 2013
From staff reports , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - Local legislators met with community leaders recently to discuss the mission and goals of the Boys and Girls Club as well as affordable housing for residents of Brooke and Hancock counties.

Taking part in the Wednesday workshop were state Sen. Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Wheeling; Dels. Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, and Ronnie Jones, D-Hancock; Boys and Girls Club President Joe Alongi; Weirton Housing Authority Executive Director George Vargo; Executive Administrative Assistant Kimberly Azzarello; and Section 8 Manager Stacey Rodriguez.

The group discussed after-school programs as well as as the authority's Section 8 Choice Voucher Program, which provides federal dollars to local vendors and landlords and also helps defray utility costs for tenants.

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LEGISLATORS, COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER — Discussing programs benefiting young people as well as housing needs recently were, from left, Boys and Girls Club of Weirton President Joe Alongi; Hancock County Delegate and Ward 1 Councilman Ronnie Jones; state Sen. Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Wheeling; George Vargo, director of the Boys and Girls Club as well as the Weirton Housing Authority; Hancock County Del. Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock; Kimberly Azzarello of the Weirton Housing Authority and secretary of the Boys and Girls Club; and Stacey Rodriguez, Weirton Housing Authority’s Section 8 manager. Jones and Swartzmiller also are members of the Boys and Girls Club board. -- Linda Harris

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