County awarded supplemental federal funding for food, shelter program

Archuleta County has been awarded federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for the emergency food and shelter National Board Program.

The county will receive $3,805 to supplement an existing award of $8,345. This supplement will provide funds to organizations providing emergency food and shelter in Archuleta County.

The selection was made by a National Board, chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Management Agency and consisting of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, and United Way of America. The local board in Archuleta County is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress and help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around Archuleta County.

Archuleta County’s awards were based upon the total number of local unemployed as compared to the total number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions. The original amount of $8,345 has been distributed to two agencies providing services of emergency food and shelter to Archuleta County residents: $1,000 to Volunteers of America and $7,345 to The Salvation Army, through Pagosa Outreach Connection.

The original authorizing legislation (PL 100-77) specifically calls for funding to be distributed with “sensitivity to the transition from temporary shelter to permanent homes and attention to the specialized needs of homeless individuals with mental and physical disabilities and illness and to facilitate access for homeless individuals to other sources of services and benefits.”

The supplemental amount, $3,805, places special emphasis on accepting applications from local agencies to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for Archuleta County’s hungry and homeless and people in economic crisis. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; 2) be eligible to receive federal funds; 3) have an accounting system; 4) practice nondiscrimination; 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and, 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply for these supplemental funds.

The deadline for applications for the supplemental funds is May 15, at close of business.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the supplemental ARRA Emergency Food and Shelter funds must contact Barbara Hendricks, Department of Human Services. Applications received by May 15 will be reviewed by the local board on May 21. Awards of the supplemental funding will be announced to the local agencies receiving the award on May 26.

Contact Hendricks with additional questions: phone, 264-2182; fax, 264-2086; e-mail, bhendricks@archuletacounty.org. Mailing address is Barbara Hendricks, Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 240, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.