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Emergency food and shelter funds open for applications

Dare County has been chosen to receive $21,922 of Federal Emergency Food and Shelter funds awarded through the Department of Homeland Security.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, any non-profit, faith-based or local government agency that provides food and shelter services may apply for funds.

Applying agencies must have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination and have demonstrated the capability of delivering emergency food and/or shelter programs. If a private voluntary organization, the organization must have a volunteer board.

Applications from qualifying organizations must be received no later than Wednesday, Dec 18, 2020 by 5 p.m.

The national board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, determined allocations. The board consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America. The board was charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country.

A local board, which mirrors the national board, determines how the funds awarded to Dare County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under these phases of the program.

For an application or additional information, contact Tammy Reber with the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services at 252-475-5500 or rebert@dcdss.org.

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