(SHREVEPORT, LA) United Way of Northwest Louisiana officials are pleased to announce that Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto and Natchitoches parishes have been awarded $217,725 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in these parishes.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is administrated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. It’s funding began in 1983 and was created by Congress to help meet the immediate needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.

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 American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

A Local Board, chaired by the United Way of Northwest Louisiana, 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. The Local Board includes The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Catholic Social Services, United Christian Outreach, Jewish Federation and the United Way.

Each parish received the following award:

  • Caddo/Bossier – $183,196
  • DeSoto – $14,086
  • Natchitoches – $20,443

Under the terms set forth by 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, have a voluntary board.

New qualifying agencies are urged to apply by visiting the United Way website at: https://unitedwaynwla.org/our-focus/emergency-food-and-shelter-program. The deadline for applications to be received is June 4, 2018