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Emergency Food and Shelter Funds Available

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Geauga County has been awarded $11,475 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county through Federal Funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The selection was made by a National Board chaired by the U. S. 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 Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The Local Board is 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 Board made up of representatives of the local Geauga County Agencies, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, United Way, Ravenwood Mental Health Center, and faith-based volunteers will determine how the funds awarded to Geauga 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.

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, 

6) If they are a private, voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. 

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private, voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can contact Claudia Toth at 209 Center Street Unit H, Chardon (44024), 216.436.2028, or ctoth@uws.org. The deadline for letters of application is Aug. 19.

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