May 28, 2009

ARRA Funding FEMA Supplements for Local Emergency Food, Shelter Programs

Scotland, Knox, Clark, and Schuyler Counties have been awarded federal funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The four counties have been chosen to receive a total amount of $9,522 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs, Scotland County - $2,091, Knox County- $2,023, Clark County - $3,121 and Schuyler County $2,287.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expend the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A Local Board made up of community representatives will determine how the funds awarded to the local FEMA Board are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by the local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

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

District 14 jurisdiction has distributed Emergency Food & Shelter funds previously with Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the ARRA Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Penny Miles, Local FEMA Board Chairperson, P.O. Box 966, Kirksville, MO 63501, telephone (660) 665-9855. Deadline for application is June 4, 2009.

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