CLARKE COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHA) FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM.
CLARKE COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHA) FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM. Clarke County has been chosen to receive $48,497 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 Salvation Army; American Red Cross; The Jewish Federations of North America; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A, 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 in high-need areas around the country. A Local Board made up of Mayor Nancy Denson, Harry Sims, Rabbi Ronald Gerson, Jeff Taylor Director of The American Red Cross, Gary Gerrard, President/CEO of Action, Inc., Ethel Higgins Catholic Social Services, Tal DuVall, Richard Boone United Way of Northeast Georgia, Capt. Jonathan Raymer with the Salvation Army, and Rubielen Norris President of United Way of Northeast Georgia will determine how the funds awarded to Clarke 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 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 non-profits 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, 6) if they are a private voluntary organization they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Clarke County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Action, Inc., Athens Community Council on Aging, Inc., Salvation Army, Athens Urban Ministry- Our Daily Bread, Project Safe, Athens Area Homeless Shelter and The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, Inc. participating. These agencies were responsible for providing 117,593 meals; and 22 months of rent /mortgage assistance. Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Rubielen Norris, Local Board Chair, 1 Huntington Road, Suite 805, Athens, Georgia 30606 or call 706-543-5254 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is 4:30 on Friday, December 7, 2012.