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Klickitat County gets emergency money

Agencies interested in applying have until Jan. 19

Klickitat County has been chosen to receive $21,664 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the country.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America.

The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board made up of representatives from Klickitat County, local churches, United Way, the American Red Cross and the homeless will determine how the funds awarded to Klickitat County are to 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 under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if it is a private voluntary organization, it must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Klickitat County has received Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with local food banks and shelter programs participating. These agencies provided food boxes and emergency shelter for residents of Klickitat County.

Public and private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Linda Schneider at the Klickitat Skamania Development Council at 493-3954 or 800-755-1192 for an application.

The deadline for application to be received is Jan. 19, 2005.


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