Brown County has been chosen to receive $13,236 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection is made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. 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 Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and the United Way Worldwide. The Local Board is charged to distribute 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 the Brown County United Way, American Red Cross, City of Brownwood, Good Samaritan Ministries, the Salvation Army, Brownwood Housing Authority and St Mary's Catholic Church will determine how the funds awarded to Brown County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. 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, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Brown County has previously distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds with Good Samaritan Ministries, Salvation Army, Lake Bwd Meals on Wheels, and Trinity Chapel Church. These agencies were responsible for providing 15,927 meals, paying rent and mortgage to 19 families, assisting 49 with utility bills and helping 12,745 families with food.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Lydia M. Castaneda at 643-8000 or Jo Ann Snow at 646-1748 for instructions of application. The deadline for applications to be received is Thursday, Sept. 8.

Anyone interested in serving on the board is welcome. A homeless person is also being sought to serve on the board. Inquiries may be directed to Castaneda or Snow.