United Way of Central Massachusetts

Grant Applications for Emergency Food and Shelter Funds are Now Available

Worcester County, MA has been awarded federal funds made available through the department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the emergency food and shelter national board program. Worcester County, MA has been allocated $ 314,855 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 Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. 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 of the above organizations, and other providers will determine how the funds awarded to Worcester County, MA 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 made 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) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

In 2012 Emergency Food and Shelter funds were awarded to 28 local recipient organizations. These agencies are responsible for providing meals, shelter and fuel assistance throughout Worcester County, MA. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Jim Pepin at The United Way of Central Massachusetts, 484 Main Street Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01608 or call 508-757-5631 ext. 241, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Monday, October 28th at 4pm.

About United Way of Central Massachusetts: Focused on connecting people and resources to improve the community, United Way ensures that the most vulnerable among us have a safety net for stabilization today, while working to break the cycle of poverty for the next generation by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: Education, Family Stability, and Health. This year, United Way will invest $5.4 million in programs and initiatives serving people in 30 cities and towns in Central Massachusetts (including Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Brookfield, Douglas, East Brookfield, East Douglas, Grafton, Holden, Hubbardston, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, Northbridge, North Brookfield, Northborough, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Sterling, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, West Boylston, West Brookfield and Worcester.)  For more information about United Way of Central Massachusetts, go to www.unitedwaycm.org.

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