FEMA funds released for emergencies here

Warren County has been awarded $5,657 by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a national board chaired by FEMA, consisting of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities U.S.A, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., the Jewish Federations of North America, the Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide.

A local board will determine how the funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area, according to a press release from the Warren-Forest Counties Economic Opportunities Council.

Under the terms of the grant, the local agencies chosen to receive the funds must be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice non-discrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and or shelter programs and if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

The FEMA website for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs states, “Each Local Board is required to include a homeless person, a formerly homeless person, or former recipient of program services on the Local Board. Additionally, the National Board encourages that organizations representing or serving the special emphasis groups named in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act be included on Local Boards. These groups include the elderly, families with children, veterans, and the physically and mentally disabled.”

Organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Robert Raible, local chairman at 726-2400 extension 3021 for an application. The deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 22.