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$63,758 to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs

Qualifying Washington County agencies can apply for portion of federal funds

September 07, 2012

Washington County recently was awarded $63,758 in federal funding to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs.

The award is based on the county’s number of unemployed people, compared to the number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions, according to a press release from the Washington County Local Board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Qualifying agencies have until Friday, Sept. 14, to submit applications for the supplemental funds.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying should contact Karen Calandrelle of the American Red Cross at 1131 Conrad Court in Hagerstown by calling 301-739-0717, ext. 208, or by emailing her at Karen.Calandrelle@redcross.org.

The award for the county was made by a national board chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, the release said. The board has represenatives from national charitable and relief organizations, including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, United Way of America, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and Catholic Charities, the release said.

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Local boards distribute funds to help expand food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country, the release said.

The board in Washington County is made up of representatives from United Way, Washington County government, local affiliates of national organizations and other local nonprofit organizations, according to the release.

The local board will determine how funding will be distributed among the area’s emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. It is responsible for recommending which agencies receive funding and any additional money available under the program, the release said.

Agencies chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary nonprofits or government agencies; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capacity to run emergency food and shelter programs; and, if they are a private voluntary organization, 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, Hagerstown Rescue Mission, REACH and St. John’s Shelter for the Homeless.

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