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December 3, 2012

Federal funds headed to county

Staff reports
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Niagara County has been chosen to receive $92,164 through the federal government's Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. 

The national program is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, Salvation Army and the United Way Worldwide. 

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 country.

Locally, United Way of Greater Niagara will work with a local board made up of a cross-section of community members to determine how the funds awarded to Niagara County will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations. 

The local board will be responsible for recommending agencies to receive funds available under the program.

The deadline for local organizations to apply for funding is Dec.13. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Kristen LaGamba at United Way of Greater Niagara at (716) 216-4582 or by email at kris@uwgn.org. 

Under terms of the national grant, organizations chosen to receive funding must: be private, voluntary non-profit organizations or units of government; be eligible to receive federal funding; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and, if a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Niagara County has previously awarded funds to several organizations, including: Catholic Charities, Community Missions, Inc., Family and Children’s Service of Niagara, Heart, Love and Soul, Inc., Lockport Care, Inc., Niagara Community Action Corporation, Niagara Falls Housing Authority, Niagara Falls YMCA, Salvation Army of Lockport, Salvation Army of Niagara Falls, Salvation Army of Tonawanda, Sister Helen’s Food Pantry, United Way of Greater Niagara, and YWCA of Niagara. These organizations were responsible for providing 107,134 meals and 10,077 nights of lodging.

Created in 1983, the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program supplements the work of local social service organizations within the United States to help people in need of emergency assistance. 

A volunteer-driven agency, United Way of Greater Niagara provides and supports numerous programs throughout Niagara County that focus on making the community healthier and stronger. Each year, more than 80,000 people benefit from nearly 75 programs which United Way supports across the county. For more information, visit www.uwgn.org.