This year the EFSP National Board has awarded additional dollars for emergency food and shelter needs in Texas through the State Set-Aside Committee, who has recommended an award to Navarro County in the amount of $7,500 to supplement Phase 28 emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way of America. 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.
The local board was made up of representatives of county government, United Way, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Ministerial Alliance, Catholic Charities, a Jewish community member, Community Services, a homeless advocate, Navarro County Food Pantry, and other community members will determine how the funds awarded to Navarro 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 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) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
In past years, Navarro County jurisdiction has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds to God’s Helping Hand, Dawson; Community Services; American Red Cross; and The Salvation Army, Frost Community Center and Navarro County Food Pantry. These agencies have provided food, meals and shelter in emergency situations, but they do not currently have any funds available under this grant.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Ellen Block, United Way of Navarro County, 115 N. Main Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110, or call (903) 874-5253 for an application. The deadline for applying is 3 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2010.
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