Emergency funding available

PHILIPPI — Barbour County has been awarded $7,858 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The purpose of these funds is to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. 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 Barbour County Emergency Food and Shelter Board will determine how the funds awarded to Barbour County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board, made up of government officials, church leaders and representatives from charitable organizations, is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Program funds may be used to provide food, in the form of served meals or groceries; provide lodging in a mass shelter or hotel; one month’s rent or mortgage payment; one month’s utility bill; or equipment necessary to feed or shelter people, up to a $300 limit per item.

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; be eligible to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and, if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

The local board has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Heart and Hand House Inc., which provided meals, shelter nights and utility assistance to low-income residents of Barbour County.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds may obtain an application by emailing a request to BCEFSB.gmail.com or by contacting Karen Weaver, president of the Barbour County Food and Shelter Board, by phone at 304-457-3700.

Applications must be received by close of business May 31.

More information about the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program is available by visiting www.efsp.unitedway.org.