Pickett County awarded food and shelter funds
Pickett County has been chosen to receive an additional
$9,965 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in
the county. The original allocation for Phase 27 was $15,879,
bringing the total EFSP funding to $25,844.
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.
Eligible organizations requesting to be considered to administer
some or all of the available EFSP funds must submit an
application to the UCHRA Byrdstown office by 9:30 a.m. on
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.
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, TN, or by calling
her at 864-6540.