NEWS RELEASE Emergency Food and Shelter Program
Ohio State Set-Aside Committee
Ohio United Way Contact: Tim Roe 614.224.8146
Date: May 11, 2009
Critically Needed Federal Funds Released
To Help Meet Local Emergency Needs
COLUMBUS - Barbara Sykes, President & CEO of Ohio United Way announced that an
additional $4,297,456 in funding has been awarded to the State of Ohio for the
Emergency Food & Shelter Program/American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The Emergency Food & Shelter Program helps to provide shelter, food, and supportive
services for homeless and hungry individuals. Local agencies use the funds for mass
shelter, mass meals, food distribution through food pantries and food banks, one-month
utility payments to prevent service cut-off, and one-month rent/mortgage assistance to
prevent evictions or assist people leaving shelters to establish stable living conditions.
Just over 90% of the funding is directly allocated to counties through a national board.
The rest, resulting in $515,952 has been allocated through a state set-aside committee
chaired by Barbara Sykes, President & CEO of the Ohio United Way and includes
representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Ohio Jewish
Communities, Catholic Conference of Ohio, the Ohio Council of Churches, Ohio
Association of Second Harvest Food Banks, Children’s Hunger Alliance, the Coalition on
Homelessness & Housing, Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, Ohio State
Legal Services, the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Department of Development,
and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.
“In these particularly tough times the additional money this program has received will be
put to good use in helping to address the emergency needs of low and moderate income
residents”, said Sykes.
In Ohio, 70 of the 88 counties qualify and meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines to receive
direct allocation from the national board. The state set-aside committee’s recommended
allocations were announced for the 18 counties that did not receive a direct allocation.
That list follows below:
Emergency Food and Shelter Board Program
2008 State Set-Aside Allocations
County Recommended Allocation
Auglaize $ 17,199.46
Clermont $ 69,303.46
Clinton $ 20,791.57
Darke $ 21,048.26
Fayette $ 13,861.04
Geauga $ 22,588.37
Hancock $ 27,978.77
Knox $ 23,615.12
Lake $ 68,791.85
Logan $ 21,304.94
Madison $ 15,401.16
Medina $ 49,540.39
Mercer $ 14,887.79
Putnam $ 12,320.93
Shelby $ 22,075.25
Tuscarawas $ 40,043.01
Union $ 12,064.24
Wayne $ 40,556.39
A complete list of Ohio counties that received either a direct or State set-aside allocation
are available upon request by contacting Tim Roe at Ohio United Way, 614.224.8146, by
e-mail at email@example.com.