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MANSFIELD -- Richland County has been awarded federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Richland County has been chosen to receive $50,614.00 (Phase 37) to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Additionally, they were chosen to receive $72,160.00 in CARES Act funds. Phase 37 and CARES Act funds are awarded to qualifying agencies to distribute, as required by EFSP requirements, to qualifying consumers for rental assistance, utility assistance, food assistance and emergency shelter.

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 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 programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board made up of community leaders will determine how the funds awarded to Richland 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 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, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Richland County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Harmony House, The Domestic Violence Shelter, and Independent Living Center participating. These agencies were responsible for providing rent and utility assistance, food assistance as well as emergency shelter.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact:

Local Board President: Katherine Ezawa at kezawa@thedvshelter.com for an application.

The deadline for applications to be received is May 22, 2020 at 4 p.m. Applications received after this date and time will not be reviewed.

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