The United Way of Erie County will be refocusing how it funds emergency needs in the community starting in July 2020, according to a news release that detailed the changes.

As a result, some Erie non-profit organizations will no longer receive Emergency Needs grants. This includes Community Shelter Services which shared a letter about the changes with Erie News Now Thursday evening.

The change will allow the non-profit to connect people in need, respond in times of disasters and provide dollars for much-needed, long-term efforts to break the cycle of poverty for future generations, the United Way said.

The new strategy calls for the organization to establish an emergency needs impact fund, so United Way can respond in times of disasters and emergency situations that cannot be prevented.

The focus will also shift to connecting people to a broad range of emergency and basic needs services. It includes continuing to invest in the United Way's 211 social services resource.

The United Way will also concentrate on strategic capacity building grants to strengthen systems, address gaps and generate new sources of revenue for the community.

The non-profit said it will continue to support the basic needs of students and families through its community schools.

Grants ending effective June 30, 2020 include the following:

Organization  Program Grant Amount 
American Red Cross, Greater Erie County Chapter
Disaster Services
American Red Cross, Greater Erie County Chapter
Armed Forces Emergency
Included in above
Community Shelter
Emergency Residence
Crime Victim Center of
Erie County
Rape Crisis Intervention
Safe Journey
Shelter & counseling
SafeNet Hospitality House
St. Martin Center
Financial Assistance
The Salvation Army - Erie Temple Corps
Emergency Human
The Salvation Army Erie Service Unit Direct Assistance $9,700