Federal money for food and shelter programs: Rhea County awarded $15k for emergency programs
Published: 2:21 PM, 12/14/2012
Last updated: 3:37 PM, 12/14/2012
Source: The Herald-News
FEMA has awarded Rhea County $15,440 to supplement emergency
food and shelter programs in the area during 2012, down from $15,793 in 2011.
was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and 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, which
will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.
Rhea County Council
of Community Services, Inc., is the local board set up to allocate the FEMA funds. RCCCSI is made up
of the Rhea County Executive and representatives of the Rhea County United Way and several other
local service agencies. 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
RCCCSI will determine how the funds awarded to Rhea County are to be distributed
among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in Rhea
County. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and
any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the
grant from the national board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to
receive funds must: 1) be voluntary non-profits with 501(c)3 designations 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 in Rhea County, and 5) if they are a private
voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.
Rhea County has allocated
Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously to Our Daily Bread in Spring City and We Care's Haven
House and Food Pantry of Dayton.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying
for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Margaret Bott, RCCCSI secretary, at
365-5020. The deadline for applications is Dec. 18.