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$27,000 awarded to Lewis and Clark County area to help emergency food, shelter programs

Posted: 11:06 AM, Jul 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-10 13:07:02-04

HELENA – The Helena/Lewis and Clark County area has been awarded $27,238 in federal funds under the Emergency Food & Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.

The FEMA funding will be prioritized to organizations with established programs that provide services for transitional housing, diversion from homelessness or permanent supportive housing.

The funding is around $10,000 more than the previous year.

Tasa Beatty with United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area said nonprofits often fill gaps desperately needed in the community.

The funding will help some organizations keep their doors open.

“It’s a massive amount of money to help keep nonprofit doors open in this community,” said Beatty.

The United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area is currently accepting applications from established programs.

A local board made up of community representatives will determine how the funds will be distributed between Lewis and Clark County organizations that apply.

Over the past 31 years, more than $500,000 has been awarded to the Helena-Lewis and Clark County area through the program.

“That’s a lot of funding that has come into our community to help people stay housed and getting them into shelter. It’s a pretty amazing deal from FEMA,” added Beatty.

Organizations requesting funding should contact the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area . The deadline for applications is August 2, 2019.

-Reported by John Riley/MTN News