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County Gets Funds For Food, Shelter

Part of recovery act

Klickitat County has been awarded federal funds through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for the Emergency Food & Shelter National Board Program.

Klickitat County has been chosen to receive $8,808 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

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

The 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 county.

A local board made up of representatives from Klickitat County, local churches, United Way, the American Red Cross, and the homeless community will determine how the funds awarded to Klickitat County are to be distributed among the 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 with 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) have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and 4) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board of directors. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Klickitat County has received emergency food and shelter funds previously. Those funds have been allocated to local food banks and shelter programs.

Public and private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food & Shelter Program funds may contact Mel Rodgers at the Washington Gorge Action Programs office, 493-3954 or 800-755-1192 for an application.

The deadline for applications is May 27.

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