Harlan County has been chosen to receive $14,571 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.
The selection was made by the National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consisting of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Council of Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, U.S.A., National Council of the 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.
A local board made up of the Salvation Army, Committee on Aging, Community Action Agency, Catholic Charities, Christian Family Services, Appalachian Region Missions, Harlan Countians for a Healthy Community, the judge-executive's office and the Harlan County Extension Agents Office will determine how the funds awarded to the county are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations 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:
-- be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government;
-- have an accounting system;
-- practice nondiscrimination;
-- demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs:
-- it is a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.
Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Individuals who need assistance cannot apply now but can contact any of these agencies at a later date.
Harlan County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with the Salvation Army, Committee on Aging, Community Action Agency, Christ's Hands, Christian Family Services, Appalachian Region Missions, Pathfinders for Independent Living, the judge-executive's office and the Harlan County Extension Agents Office.
These agencies were responsible for providing more than 4,481 meals and 14,040 nights of lodging.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds must contact local board chair Dan Mosley at 573-2600 or local board secretary Theresa Howard at 573-4464 to apply.
The deadline for applying is Jan. 31.