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January 21, 2014

Emergency funds awarded to Tift Co.

TIFTON —

Tift County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under Phase 31 of the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Tift County has been chosen to receive $19,342 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county, such as (but not limited to) those who provide mass feeding or mass shelter; mortgage, rent and/or utility assistance; hotel/motel vouchers for homeless individuals; and/or food pantry services.

The allocation 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. Local boards consisting of similar representation are charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

The local board in Tift County will meet soon to determine how the awarded funds will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The board consists of appointed representatives of county government, United Way, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the Tift Area Ministerial Association and Our Divine Savior Catholic Church, as well as at-large members elected by these representatives, and is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the EFSP program. These funds are awarded, at this stage, by the local board to local recipient agencies and not to individuals and families.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits 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 and 6) have a voluntary board (if they are a private voluntary organization).  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Greg Millette, local board chair, for an application. Millette can be contacted by mail at United Way of South Central Georgia, P.O Box 557, Tifton, GA  31793; by phone at 229-382-2881; or by e-mail at gmillette@uway-socenga.org.  The deadline for applications to be returned is 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

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