Washington County gets $65,846 for emergency food, shelter programs

Amount is based on county's total number of unemployed and compared to other jurisdictions

August 04, 2011

Washington County has been awarded $65,846 in federal funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs, according to a news release from local program.

That amount, which is $28,787 less than last year's award, is based on the county's total number of unemployed compared to the total number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions, an emailed news release from the Washington County Local Board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program said.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., Catholic Charities USA, and United Way of America.  

A local board then is charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter program in high-need areas around the nation.

The county board is made up of representatives from United Way, county government, local affiliates of the national board members, and other  relevant nonprofit organizations.

The local board will determine how the funds awarded to the county will be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations, the release said.  

Under the terms of the grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  • Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government
  • Have an accounting system.
  • Practice nondiscrimination.
  • Have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.
  • If they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Washington County has previously distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds to the Washington County Community Action Council, The Salvation Army, CASA Inc., Interfaith Service Coalition, Food Resources, Commission on Aging, the Hagerstown Rescue Mission, REACH, and St. John's Shelter for the Homeless.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for funds may contact Karen Calandrelle by mail at American Red Cross, 1131 Conrad Court, Hagerstown, MD 21740; by phone at 301-739-0717, ext. 208; or by email at

The deadline for applications to be received is Aug. 8.

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