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Emergency food, shelter funds available for programs

Idaho County emergency food and shelter programs can apply for funding out of $6,814 recently awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by FEMA 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.

A local Board made up of a former Idaho County Commissioner, Catholic Charities, Community Action Agency, The Human Needs Council, The Ministerial Association and others will determine how the funds awarded to Idaho County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

Under the terms of the grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. 

Last year in Idaho County these funds provided for 1,082 meals and 29 months of utilities/rent.

Application deadline is June 30, 2014. Contact Camden Schacher or Lenora Gregg, Idaho County Courthouse, or call 983-0239 for an application. 

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