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Funds available for emergency food, shelter providers

Non-profit agencies throughout Henry County may be eligible to receive some of the $10,997 in federal funding expected to be awarded through the Emergency Food & Shelter National Board Program, which helps supplement emergency-food and-shelter programs.

Henry County was selected to receive funding through a national board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Elaine Abraham, a member of Henry County’s Emergency Food and Shelter Board.

Abraham said the national board consists of representatives from various non-profit organizations, such as The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, and the United Jewish Communities. The board is charged with distributing money appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food-and-shelter programs in high-need areas of the country.

A local board — which includes churches, the Henry County Council on Aging, the United Way, the Salvation Army, and other organizations — will determine how the funds will be distributed in the area. It is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional money available under this phase of the program.

Abraham said under the terms of the grant, local organizations chosen to receive funds must: (1) be private, voluntary, non-profit groups or units of government, (2) have an accounting system, (3) practice nondiscrimination, (4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and (5) if they are a private, voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Henry County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter Program money previously to local groups, including: Helping in His Name Ministries, Inc., Food Pantry; the Association for the Prevention of Domestic Violence; A Friends House; Feed My People; Stockbridge Assembly of God Food Pantry; Stockbridge Presbyterian; and Shiloh Baptist and Samaritans Together.

Abraham said the agencies were responsible for providing thousands of meals and for paying emergency utility bills and rent for the county’s needy.

Abraham suggested that public or private organizations interested in applying for the funds send a letter stating the purpose for the request, with proof of non-profit status, a list of board members, an application, and a Local Recipient Certificate.

Requests should be sent to Susan Crumbley, at Connecting Henry, Inc., 333 Phillips Drive, Suite D, McDonough, Ga. 30253. Grant application letters must be received by close of business on Oct. 7. Letters of request received after the deadline will not be considered.

Grants will be awarded by the Henry County Emergency Food and Shelter Board at its meeting scheduled for Oct. 11. Applicants should be available to appear before the board at that meeting, at the Connecting Henry Office. For more information, call Abraham at (770) 957-2392.