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 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 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 consisting of the Riverside mayor, Food Bank, Community Action Agency, Community Service Coalition, Catholic Charities, YWCA, Homeless Representative, Health Department, Council on Aging, Ministerial Alliance and American Red Cross will determine how the funds awarded to St. Clair 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, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
St. Clair County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with The Love Pantry and Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. participating. These agencies were responsible for providing meals and utility assistance.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Carrie Lea, Community Action Agency of Northeast AL Inc, PO Box 1487, Rainsville, AL 35986, 256-638-4430 ext 23, firstname.lastname@example.org, for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Dec. 27. 2013.