Houston County has been awarded $42,522 for emergency food and shelter programs, and a board tasked with distributing those funds is accepting applications.

The board contains representatives from a local city government, the Wiregrass United Way, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Social Services, Wiregrass 2-1-1, Wiregrass Area Food Bank, and others.

Local agencies must be private voluntary nonprofits 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 have a voluntary board if they are a private voluntary organization. The board urges qualifying agencies to apply.

To apply for funding, call Brandy Nowell at Wiregrass United Way at 792-9661 by June 25.

Last year’s allotment benefited the Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership, Catholic Social Services, Wiregrass Area Food Bank, and Salvation Army.

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