HAMILTON COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED $4,626 IN FEDERAL FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) / FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM.

 

Hamilton County has been chosen to receive $4,626 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

 

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.  The National Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

 

A Local Board made up of a local government official, faith community representative, American Red Cross, Another Way, Catholic Charities, Suwannee River Economic Council, The Salvation Army, United Way of Suwannee Valley, and Vivid Visions will determine how the funds awarded to Hamilton County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.   The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

 

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) beprivate voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are private voluntary organizations, have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

 

Hamilton County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Another Way, Catholic Charities, Suwannee River Economic Council, United Way of Suwannee Valley, and Vivid Visions participating.  In 2013 these agencies were responsible for providing 157 nights of lodging and assisting with four rent/mortgage payments and 18 utility bill payments.

 

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Jayne L. Wilson, United Way of Suwannee Valley at 386-752-5604x 102 for an application.  The deadline for applications to be received is October 31.

 

 

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