Programs eligible for food, shelter funding

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Roane County has been awarded $6,506 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Programto supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.  

The selection was made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consisting of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America.

The Local Board was char-ged to distribute funds appro-priated by Congress to help expand the capacity of on going food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board made of representatives of local government, local social service agencies, United Way and The Salvation Army will determine how the funds awarded to Roane County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by service agencies in the area.  

The board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for funds should contact the Roane County United Way at 882-7711 for an application.  

The deadline for applications to be received is Oct. 13.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, agencies chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board; and must certify that they are not debarred or suspended from receiving federal funds.  

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Roane County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously through Mid-East Community Action Agency, Catholic Charities and Hands of Mercy.

These agencies are responsible for providing food and emergency shelter needs.