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The County of Calhoun has received award notification that Federal Funds have been made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
When State-Set-Aside funds become available, the County of Calhoun will receive funding through the State-Set-Aside process under Phase 39 and Phase ARPAR to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection is 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. Local Boards are 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 EFS Board made up of various community members will determine how the funds awarded to the County of Calhoun are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local EFS Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under these phases of the program.
Under the terms of the grants from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:
■ Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government,
■ Be eligible to receive Federal Funds,
■ Have an accounting system, FEIN#, and DUNS#,
■ Practice nondiscrimination,
■ Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and
■ If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
The County of Calhoun has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Lutheran Child and Family Services, Illinois Valley Economic Development Corporation, Calhoun County Government, and most recently St. Vincent DePaul Society of Blessed Trinity and St. Francis of Assisi Parishes participating. These agencies were responsible for providing food and/or shelter during their respective Phases.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Rita Hagen, Local EFS Board Chairman, PO Box 187, Hardin, IL 62047/ 618-576-9700 ext. 2/ firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Dec. 27.