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County receives grant through Emergency Food & Shelter National Program

Braxton County has been chosen to receive funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The source of funding is a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food & Shelter National Board Program. The National Board selects jurisdictions (cities or counties) for funding, not specific agencies.

The federal department responsible for this program is the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These are not state/county government or United Way funds. There are two phases of money available at this time that agencies may apply for. Phase 39 is a total of $5,116.00 and Phase ARPA-R is a total of $15,813.00.

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 will determine how the funds awarded 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 these phases 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 voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter

Program funds must send letter of interest to Braxton Community Coalition, PO Box 47, Flatwoods, WV 26621 by March 22, 2022.