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Utah County Emergency Food and Shelter program awarded federal funds



PROVO, Utah – Utah County Emergency Food and Shelter Program has been chosen to receive $137,563 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Utah County.

The selection was made by a National Board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide.

The local board — made up of the American Red Cross, Utah County Housing Authority, the LDS and Catholic Churches, and others — will determine how the funds awarded to the Emergency Food and Shelter programs are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

The funds were appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

The local board seeks to address the following priorities or needs in the Utah County area, including shelter homeless singles and families, homeless prevention through rental assistance and rental assistance to place people into housing, food assistance due to hunger caused by economic emergencies, and mortgage assistance to prevent homelessness.