Volume 51, Number 47

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pickett County awarded food and shelter funds

Pickett County has been chosen to receive $15,879 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA; 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 local elected officials and other community representatives will determine how the funds awarded to Pickett 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 capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, the must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Pickett County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously through local and regional service agencies. These agencies were responsible for providing meals, lodging, rent/mortgage assistance, and utility assistance.
Further information about the program may be obtained by contacting Sheila King, UCHRA County Coordinator, at the UCHRA Pickett County office, located at the Pickett County Community Center, 105 S. Main St, Byrdstown, or by calling her at 864-6540.
Applications must be delivered to the UCHRA office in Byrdstown by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 22, in order to be considered for funding.

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