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Deadline for emergency food and shelter fund applications is Friday

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Fayette County has been chosen to receive $10,707 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 the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The local board was charged with distributing 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 made up of representatives from local government, Salvation Army, United Way,
Catholic Charities and a former homeless person will determine how the funds awarded to Fayette 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.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Amie Page at 283-2631 for an application.
Applications must be received by this Friday at 9 a.m.
Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private 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 a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.
Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
The Fayette County EFSP local board has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation participating. Last year, C.E.F.S. was responsible for distributing $10,669. As a result C.E.F.S, provided 1,800 meals, and 15 households received assistance for lodging in Fayette County.
The re-organizational meeting for this year will be held at the C.E.F.S. Fayette County Outreach office in Vandalia next Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
For additional information, contact Amie Page at 283-2631 prior to the time of the meeting.