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Polk County receives funding for emergency food, shelter program
Polk County Enterprise - January 2009
Polk County has been selected to receive $26,047 in federal funding from the Emergency Food & Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs within the county. 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, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America. A local board, consisting of representatives from affiliates of the voluntary organizations composing the national board, will determine how the funds will be distributed among qualified local organizations or agencies that request funding. Under the terms of the award, local governmental or private organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private, voluntary nonprofits 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. Polk County’s local board has distributed Emergency Food & Shelter funds previously to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, Greater East Texas Community Action, the Polk County Mission Center, Polk County Aging Services, MannaFest and SAAFE House. Qualified organizations are urged to apply for this funding by submitting written requests to ; Emergency Food & Shelter Local Board - Phase 26 John P. Thompson, Chair 101 W. Church, Suite 300 Livingston, Texas 77351 Requests for funding must be received no later than Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 at 10 a.m. Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting the office of County Judge John Thompson 936-327- 6813.