The Johnson County Fiscal Court is outlining an opportunity for local agencies to receive funding for emergency food and shelter programs.

According to a statement from the Johnson County Fiscal Court, Johnson County has been selected to receive $9,562 under Phase 37 and $13,675.00 under Phase CARES 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.

According to the statement, “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, the Paintsville mayor’s office, The Salvation Army, United Way, American Red Cross, Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, and others to determine how the funds awarded to Johnson 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,”  the statement said.

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 and, if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

According to the statement, “Johnson County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Highlands Community Food Basket and the First Church of God.”

Qualifying public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter funds must contact, Regina C. Hall McClure, Community Development Coordinator, Johnson County Fiscal Court, 230 Court Street, Suite 201/P.O. BOX 868, Paintsville, KY 41240, by phone at (606) 789-2550 for application. The deadline for applications to be received is 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 27.

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