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Funds available for food, shelter programs

Douglas County has been chosen to receive $21,394 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

Funding levels are determined by the federal-based employment and poverty statistics.

These funds help provide emergency shelter for families as well as assistance for rent/mortgage payments to help people stay in their current housing. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must be non-profit; have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit; practice non discrimination; have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and, if a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board.

A local board coordinated by United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties, made up of representatives from various community organizations, will determine how the funds awarded to Douglas County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area.

The deadline for submitting applications is 4:30 p.m., May 14, 2009. Application forms are available at the United Way Office, 115 3rd Avenue West, or by calling (320) 763-4840. Submit applications to the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties at PO Box 1148, Alexandria, MN 56308 or by fax to (320) 763-4840.