Emergency food and shelter funds available

Kauai United Way has secured $14,700 federal Emergency Food and Shelter program funds, which was must be used by Jan. 31.

Scott Giarman, Kauai United Way executive director, said the program is designed to provide food, rent, utility and other assistance to people in need. The funding is distributed based on a formula which measures relative poverty conditions across the nation, and KUW wrote a proposal requesting that a portion of discretionary, set-aside statewide funds be directed to Kauai to address hardships facing many of the island’s citizens.

“Without the Kauai United Way to apply for, and administer it, this money would not have been available to those in need on Kauai,” Giarman said. “This is not part of the Kauai United Way campaign, but just one more way the Kauai United Way benefits the island.”

Kauai United Way will be establishing a special allocations board to review and consider applications for these funds.

The board will also review the applications from last year’s recipient organizations as well as new applications.

Kauai organizations that provide emergency food and/or shelter services, and meet the following criteria, may apply for a portion of this funding.

To apply, organizations need to submit one hard copy of their proposal of two pages or less certifying compliance with the above conditions as well as describing their organizations, projects to be considered, need for this project, amount of funds requested, and number of people to be served.

Completed applications must be emailed to lori@kauaiunitedway.org, and must be received in the office of Kauai United Way no later than Aug. 21.

Info: 245-2043

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