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Weld County receives $97,000 grant for emergency food, shelter

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In its 34-year history, through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, local United Ways have facilitated the distribution of $4 billion to more than 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country.

Weld County has received a federal grant of $97,334 through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was established in 1983 to supplement the capacity of local agencies in providing emergency food and shelter to households facing a crisis situation. The program is overseen by a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which consists of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide, according to a news release.

The Weld County Emergency Food and Shelter Program Local Board, chaired by United Way of Weld County, will determine how the $97,334 will be distributed. The local board consists of representatives from the community, local government and nonprofit agencies, and is responsible for recommending funding based on applications submitted. The money may be used to provide vulnerable populations with served meals, other food, mass shelter, other temporary shelter, supplies, building repairs, rent/mortgage assistance and utilities assistance, the release stated.

Under the terms of the grant from the program, local emergency food and shelter organizations chosen to receive funds must: be private, voluntary nonprofits or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Qualifying organizations are encouraged to apply. Contact Lyle SmithGraybeal at lyle@unitedway-weld.org or (970) 304-6199 for an application. The deadline for applications is end of business day on April 24.