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Randolph receives emergency food, shelter funding

ELKINS — Randolph County has received nearly $14,000 in federal funds for emergency food and shelter .

Several local counties have been awarded Phase 38 Emergency Food and Shelter funding through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Randolph County has been awarded $13,879. Tucker County has been awarded $2,000.

Agencies interested in applying should visit the United Way website at http://go.uwmtc.org/efsp. All applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Agencies do not have to be a United Way agency to apply.

Other counties chosen to receive funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs through Phase 38 of the program are Marion County, awarded $26,356, and Taylor County, awarded $7,068.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.

The program is governed by a National Board composed of representatives of the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The Board is chaired by a representative of the FEMA.

The Local Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

During its 38 years of operation, the program has disbursed more than $5.03 billion to more than 14,000 local providers in more than 2,500 counties and cities.

Program funds are used to provide the following, as determined by the Local Board in funded jurisdictions:

• Food, in the form of served meals or groceries.

• Lodging in a mass shelter or hotel.

• One month’s rent or mortgage payment.

• One month’s utility bill.

• Equipment necessary to feed or shelter people, up to a $300 limit per item.

A jurisdiction may use up to 2% of its award for administrative purposes. State Set-Aside Committees may use up 0.5% for administrative purposes. The National Board uses up to one percent of the total allocation for its administrative costs.

When a jurisdiction is funded, the Local Board must advertise the availability of funds. Local organizations, whether nonprofit or governmental, may apply. The Local Board is responsible for considering all applications, and for determining which organizations will receive funds. The Local Board also determines which services are funded. Contact the National Board staff for specific local contacts. There is no national application process.

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