Local agencies urged to apply for Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program funds

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Public Notice

Cullman County has been awarded federal funds through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, Phase 36.

Cullman County has been chosen to receive $28,963 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. These funds have been made available through The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, Phase 36.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the US 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 Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. The local 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 Victim Services of Cullman, Daystar House, Carpenter’s Cabinet, St. Vincent de Paul, and The Crossing will determine how funds awarded to Cullman 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 made available through The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, Phase 36.

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, with a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Cullman County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with Victim Services of Cullman, Community Action Agencies, Harmony Word of Life, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Cullman Caring for kids, and Daystar House. The agencies were responsible for providing meals and nights of lodging to individuals and families in Cullman County.

Public and private voluntary agencies interested in applying to The Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Carol Horstman, local board chair. She can be reached at 256-775-2600 or via email at vsoced@gmail.com for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Monday, July 1, 2019.