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Federal program provides $16,000 in emergency aid County will use money to pay for food, shelter for low-income residents


Carroll County has received a $16,000 federal grant to pay for food, shelter and other emergency services for the county's low-income population.

The money was awarded through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program of Alexandria, Va. The program is governed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Local nonprofit agencies that provide emergency services to needy county residents may apply for the grant money, which will be distributed by Carroll County Circle of Caring. The circle includes members of Carroll's human services community, with representatives from social services agencies and religious organizations.

"If someone needs food, shelter or if they can't make their rent or mortgage payment or some type of utility bill, these funds are available to eligible agencies that serve citizens that need emergency assistance," said Brenda M. Black, an administrative assistant with the county Department of Citizen Services.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program awarded $1.6 million to jurisdictions throughout Maryland. The areas with the highest levels of poverty and unemployment received the largest grants, said Jenny Palazio, a senior associate with the federal program.

They included Baltimore City and Baltimore and Prince George's counties, which received $378,000, $295,000 and $304,000, respectively, Palazio said.

Last year, Carroll received about $17,000 through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

The money was awarded to Human Services Programs Inc., Carroll County Food Sunday and Meals on Wheels.

For information about the program, call (410) 848-9707. Carroll County Circle of Caring will accept applications for grant funding through Dec. 31.

Pub Date: 12/24/96

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