County food and shelter agencies to get stimulus funds

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The United Way of Allegheny County announced today it will receive an extra $337,599 in federal stimulus funds for the Allegheny County Volunteer Board for Emergency Food and Shelter, which it administers.

Robert Nelkin, president and chief professional officer of United Way, said there's a "desperate need" for the additional money, which was distributed to agencies across the country according to the formula used for the annual distribution.

"All of our data from our care centers shows an increased demand for food, clothing, shelter and transportation," Mr. Nelkin said.

The funds are available to agencies that provide food, shelter, rent or utility assistance to the homeless or those in danger of becoming homeless. Nonprofit agencies must apply for the funds by May 8 and demonstrate a need for the money, the ability of spend efficiently, nondiscrimination in fund distribution and have an annual audit.

Grants to agencies should be made by early June and the money must be spent by the end of the year.

To apply for funds, contact Barbara Lewis at the United Way at or 412-456-6781.

The Allegheny County Volunteer Board for Emergency Food and Shelter is made up of representatives from Allegheny County, the city of Pittsburgh, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, United Jewish Federation, Catholic Charities, Christian Associates, Westinghouse Valley Human Services, St. Vincent Depaul, Urban League of Pittsburgh, Health Care for the Homeless and United Way of Allegheny County.

Ed Blazina can be reached at or 412-263-1470.


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