Douglas County will receive almost $50,000 for its Emergency Food & Shelter Program this year as part of a national grant authorized by Congress and administered by the local United Way.

The award amount was determined by criteria including the most recent 12-month national unemployment rates, total number of unemployed within a civil jurisdiction and the total number of individuals below the poverty level within that jurisdiction.

A local Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) board, made up of representatives from Douglas County and staffed by Greater Douglas United Way, will determine how these funds are to be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by private, voluntary organizations here in Douglas County.

According to the national grant’s terms, local organizations that can receive these funds must be nonprofits, have active voluntary boards of directors, have established accounting systems, practice non-discrimination in the delivery of their services and have demonstrated capability to deliver effective emergency food and/or shelter programs.

Local organizations throughout Douglas County interested in requesting these funds can contact Deb Young at the Greater Douglas United Way office in Roseburg at 541-672-1734. Completed applications are due to the office by 1 p.m. May 25.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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