Food, Shelter Agencies to Receive Extra Funding

Organizations providing emergency food and shelter in the Ohio Valley will soon receive some additional federal money through the United Way.

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley on Thursday announced that it received $81,607 in funding from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

That money will go toward agencies in Ohio, Marshall and Belmont counties.

The federal program will provide $19,426 to organizations in Ohio County, $23,143 to those in Marshall County and $39,038 for Belmont County.

Through the program, a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency distributed money appropriated by Congress to regional United Way organizations. The board also includes representatives from The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities and others.

Next, a local board comprised of the Upper Ohio Valley United Way, local officials and members of other organizations will determine how the money will be awarded across Ohio, Marshall and Belmont counties. The money will go toward local service agencies with food and shelter programs.

“The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program,” according to a press release from the United Way.

Specific uses of the money can include food, whether as groceries or served meals, lodging in a shelter or hotel and equipment to feed or shelter people, according to the national board’s website. The money can also cover one month of an organization’s rent, mortgage or utility bill.

Through the national program, which started in 1983, West Virginia counties received a total of $836,380 this year. Ohio counties received about $5.4 million.

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley is accepting applications to receive grant money from the national board. Eligible organizations must be voluntary nonprofits or units of government with a demonstrated capacity to provide emergency food or shelter programs.

Agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can contact The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley at 304-232-4625 or msampson@unitedwayuov.org for an application, according to the press release. The deadline to apply is July 26 by end of business day.

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