County seeks agencies to apply for funds

Mason County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Managements Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Mason County has been chosen to receive $7,004 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 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 Phase 38 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 representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Way of Mason County, Catholic Charities, Limestone Ministerial Association, Social Services, Mason County Fiscal Court and agencies that advocate for the homeless will determine how the funds awarded to Mason 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 nonprofits 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.

Mason County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Limestone Ministries and Licking Valley Community Action Program participating. These agencies were responsible for providing rental assistance, utility assistance and food.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Rebecca Cartmell at [email protected] or by calling or texting 606-584-3431 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.

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