Cascade County awarded emergency food and shelter funds

Cascade County will receive $25,823 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Cascade County organizations that provide emergency food and shelter are encouraged to apply for funding under this program. The National Board requires local agencies chosen to receive funds to: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits 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 organization, they must have a volunteer board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

The local board made up of representatives from the American Red Cross, Opportunities Inc., Salvation Army and faith-based organizations will make funding decisions. United Way of Cascade County President Gary Owen oversees the board.

The board prioritizes efforts to directly purchase food and shelter for low-income and homeless people living in Cascade County. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can click here to download an application and instructions. 

Applications must be emailed to Gary Owen at and received by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

An invitation to a Zoom meeting to give applicants an overview of the program and answer questions will be held on Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. Applicants will be sent a meeting invitation after their request for funds is submitted.