Erath County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program through the affiliation of the Erath County United Way.

Erath County has been chosen to receive $14,683 to supplement emergency food and shelter program in the county.

A National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and, United Way of America made the selection. The local board was charged in distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board made up of Catholic Charities, Church Organizations, Governmental Agencies, Salvation Army, Homeless Representative, Financial Institutions, Tarleton State University and Erath County United Way will determine how the funds awarded to Erath County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by the local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply to the Erath County United Way by calling 254-965-4429 or email on or before Jan. 15.

Last year, funds helped 75 families in Erath County with food, emergency shelter, rent/mortgage and utility assistance.