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Emergency housing aid reduced slightly

The local Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program has been notified of a reduction in the national program's funding.

The new amount Emergency Food and Shelter Program is $14,362, said Ruth Birge, executive director of the United Way of Henderson County and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program contact for Henderson County. That is a small reduction from the $15,000 the federal agency announced last week.

The federal grant is designated to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, mainly to assist individuals with economic emergencies. For 2014, when Henderson County was awarded $15,300 through the program, 99 percent of the awarded dollars went to individuals for rent and mortgage assistance while 1 percent went to administrative cost. Interested organizations may contact Birge, EFSP board member, at the deadline for applications is March 27.