The District of Columbia has allocated $450,000 in federal funds to the Department of Human Services for its emergency shelter program and has divided up another $350,000 among 33 local nonprofit organizations and churches for food and shelter programs.
The federal money was included in an emergency jobs bill enacted in the spring and must all be obligated by Sept. 30.
Another part of the emergency aid funding went through a local board made up of nonprofit agencies, which earlier awarded $279,000 in grants to 53 local organizations. This brings the total awards for emergency services from the bill to more than $1 million.
Among the groups receiving emergency food funds, using the combined city-awarded and board-awarded figures, are: So Others May Eat (SOME), $36,000; United Planning Organization, $25,000; Martha's Table, $28,000; Union Temple Baptist Church, $20,000; and Bread for the City, $20,000.
Among the major awards for emergency shelters, using combined totals, are: House of Imagene, $19,400; My Sister's Place, $10,075; Mount Carmel House, $16,700; Gospel Mission, $13,000; and St. Aloysius Church Father McKenna Center, $15,000.
Of the DHS funds, $350,000 will go toward family shelters in the District, and $100,000 to food programs.
Four local organizations received awards totaling $104,000 for programs to prevent evictions and mortgage foreclosures. Assistance is limited to one month's rent or mortgage payment per family.
Groups receiving these grants were United Planning Organization, Consolidated Head Start, Salvation Army and Housing Counseling Service Inc.