County to receive $65,000

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By United Way Of Lancaster County

Lancaster County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The county will receive $65,869 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.

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

A local board made up of representatives from local health and human service organizations, government, faith community and others will determine how the money awarded to Lancaster County will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available in this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen

to receive funds must be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs and, if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Lancaster County has distributed these funds previously to HOPE in Lancaster, KARE in Kershaw, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lancaster County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Greater New Hope Christian Association.

In 2007, these agencies helped 55 families with rent or mortgage assistance, 223 families with utility assistance and provided 920 meals.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for program funds must contact Denise G. Keating, executive director of United Way of Lancaster County at 283- 8923 or dkeating@uwaylcsc.org for an application.

Application deadline is March 21.