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County to receive federal funds
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Posted: 2013 Oct 25 - 06:42

Funds awarded under the emergency food and shelter national board program

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- United Way of Indian River County has been notified that the county will receive federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The Phase 31 award of $65,772 will be used to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area. This award is approximately $10,000 less than the award received for the prior year.

"Last year's grant award provided funds for eight local nonprofit agencies in the areas of mass shelter, off-site shelter, rental and mortgage assistance, utility assistance and support for a food pantry," said Michael Kint, local board chairman.

"The next step in the process for receiving these Phase 31 monies is for the Local Board to solicit requests from local organizations for funding," said Mr. Kint.

Under the terms of this grant, organizations chosen to receive EFSP funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) use funds to supplement and extend existing services and programs, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice non-discrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a volunteer board and 7) comply with all EFSP regulations. Qualifying organizations interested in applying for funds should contact Michael Kint at United Way, (772) 567-8900 or michael.kint@unitedwayirc.org by Nov.1, 2013.

The decision to provide funds to Indian River County was made by a National Board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency which consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, U.S.A., National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent. This 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.

The Local EFSP Board made up of representatives from government, religious and human service agencies will be convened to determine how the funds will be awarded among the local emergency food and shelter programs. The Local Board is responsible for recommending local human service agencies to receive these funds.

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