The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

November 4, 2013

Fayette County selected to receive emergency funds

— Fayette County has been chosen to receive $15,627 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 the following: American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of 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 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 be private voluntary non-profit 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, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are encouraged to apply.

Fayette County has distributed emergency funds previously with Fayette County Emergency Food Assistance Center, EnAct WV, Women’s Resource Center and Southern Appalachian Labor School participating. The agencies were responsible for providing 4,855 meals and rental or utility assistance to 30 families.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Betty Steen at 304-574-3733 or 304-469-6517 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Nov. 12.