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County to receive emergency food and shelter grant

Submitted by Johnson County Community Services

Johnson County has been awarded State Set-Aside Funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Johnson County has been chosen to receive $9,379.00 to supplement emergency foods and shelter programs in the county and an additional $34,111.00 in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Relief), to also supplement the same programs. The selection was made by National Board that is chaired by the U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consist 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 made up of local representatives will determine how the funds awarded to Johnson County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter program 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. Public or private agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must submit a written application that includes the amount of EFSP funding requested by program area (food, rent, utilities, etc.) to Local EFSP Board, P.O. Box 46, Kingsport, TN 37662, Attention: Shounda Stevenson. The deadline for applications to be received is June 26, 2020.