Washington County Receives $55,374 from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program


Washington County Receives $55,374 from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program


HAGERSTOWN, MD (January 29, 2021) – Washington County was awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Program. Washington County was chosen to receive funds in the amount of $55,374 to supplement food assistance and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was 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 the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA; National Counsel of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the Jewish Federation of North America, the Salvation Army, and the United Way Worldwide. A 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.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal Funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice non-discrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

The Local Board is comprised of commissioners, faith-based groups, homeless advocates and other community members determined how the funds awarded to Washington County were 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 made available under this phase of the program.

Washington County’s local board determined the following recipients under the Phase 38 allocation of $55,374:


Washington County Community Action Council - $14,476

The Salvation Army, Hagerstown Command - $13,473

CASA, Inc. - $2,444

United Way of Washington County - $1,107

Reach Cold Weather Shelter - $13,894

Washington County Commission on Aging - $4,740

Together with Families, Inc. - $5,240


For all matters related to Community Impact or EFSP, please connect with Jocelyn Hauer, Director of Community Impact, jhauer@uwwcmd.org or by calling 301.739.8200 x 103.