Hamblen County has been chosen to receive $29,524 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Public or private voluntary agencies have until noon Dec. 5 to apply for funds.
The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America.
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 representatives from the same human service agencies as the national board, will determine how the funds awarded to Hamblen County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies that are 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 nonprofits or units of government, 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 urged to apply.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact the United Way of Hamblen County office at 423-581-8601.