McDONOUGH — Henry County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency, under the Emergency Food and Shelter Board Program.

Henry County has been chosen to receive $109,167 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

This 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 local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter program in high-need areas.

A local board made up of 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 will determine how the funds awarded to Henry 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 made 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 nonprofits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Henry County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Haven House, A Friends House, Helping In His Name Ministries Inc.; Stockbridge Assembly of God Food Pantry, Samaritans Together, St. Vincent DePaul, Jodeco Road United Methodist Church and Salvation Army. These agencies were responsible for providing thousands of meals, paying emergency utility bills, rent, and shelter costs.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must send a letter of request, copy of 501 (C)(3), a list of board members, and a complete application. Requests should be sent to Connecting Henry, Inc., Attention: Susan Crumbley, 66 Veterans Drive, McDonough, Ga. 30253. Grant applications must be received by close of business on July 9, 2019. Interviews will be scheduled for July 16 and award recipients will be notified before July 22. For more information, call Crumbley at 770-288-6230.

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