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Lancaster County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
The county will receive $81,327 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.
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, 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, local government, faith community and others will determine how the funds awarded to Lancaster County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by service agencies in the area.
The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Lancaster County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with HOPE in Lancaster, KARE in Kershaw, Christian Services and Greater New Hope Christian Association.
In 2008, these agencies were responsible for assisting qualifying families and individuals with rent or mortgage assistance, utility assistance and meals.
Agencies interested in applying for funds should contact Denise G. Keating, United Way of Lancaster County, at 283-8923 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Thursday.