Applications being accepted for emergency food and shelter funding

WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
Winston County has been chosen to receive $9,631 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, The Salvation Army and The United Way Worldwide.  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 county commissions, the United Way, Salvation Army and Catholic Charities will determine how the funds awarded to Winston 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 the phase of the program.
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.  Qualified agencies are urged to apply.
Winston County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with Marion-Winston Community Action Agency and Main Street Ministries.  
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds must contact Jeff Fleming at 372 7th Ave SW in Hamilton or by calling 205-921-4224 for an application.  The deadline for applications to be received is Wednesday, July 3.

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