Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 15, 2013

Money available for food shelter programs

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — Boyd County has been chosen to receive $17,814 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county with United Way being the overseeing agency.

he 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 United Way of Northeast Kentucky has a local board that is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. The board recommends agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Boyd County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Salvation Army, CAReS, Shelter of Hope, Hillcrest Bruce Mission and others participating. These agencies were responsible for providing meals and lodging.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact the Local Board chair, Jerri Compton, executive director of United Way of Northeast Kentucky, at (606) 325-1810 for an application.