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Charlotte’s United Way to distribute federal dollars for food and shelter programs

Cafeteria at The Center of Hope shelter for women and children, one of the city’s busiest emergency shelter programs.
Cafeteria at The Center of Hope shelter for women and children, one of the city’s busiest emergency shelter programs. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Mecklenburg County has been awarded $527,365 by the federal government to supplement the community’s emergency food and shelter programs.

A local board led by United Way of Central Carolinas will determine how the funds will be distributed to community food and shelter providers.

Eligible organizations must: be a private, voluntary nonprofit or unit of government, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and if they are a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board.

Applications must be postmarked no later than July 5. Qualifying organizations wishing to apply should contact Renée Warner at 704-371-6300 or fwarner@uwcentralcarolinas.org to request an application.

The EFSP funds are federal dollars made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency; the award was made by a national board chaired by FEMA.

It is based on the Mecklenburg County jurisdiction’s total number of unemployed as compared to the total number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions. In total, Congress has appropriated $120 million via EFSP this year.

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