Lawrence County receives funding for food and shelter services
Lawrence County has been selected to receive $8,046.00 under Phase 37 and $11,471.00 under Phase Cares Act of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). These funds must be used to supplement emergency food and shelter programs already existing in the county. The funds were made available through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
The selection was made by a national board 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 Salvation Army, The Jewish Federations of North America, and United Way Worldwide.
A local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas throughout the county. The local board comprises representatives from the county judge-executive’s office, United Way, American Red Cross, and others to determine how the funds awarded to Lawrence County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the county. 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-profits 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
- If they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board
Qualifying public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter funds must contact Vince Doty, Assistant County Judge, Lawrence County Fiscal Court, either in person at 122 S. Main Cross Street, Second Floor, by mailing a request to P.O. Box 566, Louisa, KY 41230, or by phone at (606) 638-4102, Option 4 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.