TAVARES — Lake County has been awarded $213,550 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to supplement programs in the County.
Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact the Lake County Department of Community Services for an application. Requests for an application or questions may be directed to Brenda Quattlebaum at (352) 742-6503. The deadline for the application is Thursday, April 15, at 5 p.m. In previous years, Lake County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds to pay for meals and housing at shelters, and emergency rent and utility assistance. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Under the terms of the grant, local organizations chosen to receive funds must:
- Be private voluntary nonprofits 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
- If they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (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 which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent. 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 local representatives from Lake County Government, United Way, Salvation Army, Red Cross, advocates for the homeless, faith-based organizations and other community organizations will determine how the funds awarded to Lake County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.