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Will County awarded funds for emergency food, shelter programs

Will County was chosen to receive $364,624 to help emergency food and shelter programs.

A national board, chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consisting of representatives from several organizations, including the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities and United Way of America, made the selection.

The national board is charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas across the country, according to a news release from the United Way of Will County.

The local Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board of Directors, chaired by Michael Hennessy, the president and CEO of the United Way of Will County, will determine how the funds awarded to Will County will be allocated among emergency food and shelter programs operated by local nonprofit service organizations. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, a local agency chosen to receive funds must be a private, voluntary nonprofit organization or a unit of government, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter services year round, and if a private voluntary nonprofit organization, have a voluntary board of directors.

This is the 36th year Will County has participated in the program. Last year a number of local agencies, including Guardian Angel Community Services and MorningStar Mission, received funding through the program.

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