$45,639 allocated for emergency food, shelter

January 30, 1994|By Phyllis Brill | Phyllis Brill,Staff Writer

5/8 TC Harford County has been allocated $45,639 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with local emergency food and shelter programs.

The money will be disbursed to private voluntary and governmental agencies that provide food, clothing, lodging, utilities and rental assistance to needy Harford families.

Last year's grant of $43,786 was divided among 15 charitable organizations, including the Salvation Army, Harford Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Harford Interfaith Community, ECHCO House, the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center.

"I am thrilled that FEMA continually increases its grant to Harford County," said Joanne S. Parrott, co-chairwoman of the Harford County FEMA board, which determines which local organizations will share in the grant.

The District B Republican said the county's total allocation was $3,500 when she joined the board eight years ago.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created by FEMA in 1983.

Since then it has distributed $1.142 billion to more than 10,500 social service agencies in more than 2,500 communities, said Nan A. Waranch, director of government affairs of United Way of Central Maryland, which administers the program locally.

"The county can only do so much with the money it has," Ms. Waranch said.

"This is one way that federal dollars come into the state and are really spent wisely," she said.

Ms. Waranch, who is also co-chairwoman of the Harford board, )) noted that this year each local board, as mandated by FEMA, will include at least one person who is homeless or has been homeless in the past.

Last year's individual allocations in Harford County ranged from more than $8,000 to the Department of Social Services to $500 to a church that provides emergency funding for shelter to the needy.

Ms. Waranch said the Harford FEMA board would continue to accept applications for this year's funds through the coming week.

Applicants must have nonprofit status, demonstrate that they provide food or shelter, practice nondiscrimination, have an account system and an annual audit,and, if voluntary, have a volunteer board of directors.

For information, call 547-8000, Ext. 284, or 638-3347.

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