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Agencies urged to apply for Emergency Food and Shelter funds

Emergency Food and Shelter program funding was granted to Archuleta County the past two years. Archuleta County anticipates continued federal funds again for 2011.

The local board is unsure at this time what the funding allocation might be, but extended the opportunity for local organizations to apply for funds. Once the amount the local board is awarded is known, applicants will be contacted.

The selection was made by a national board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consisting of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America.

The local board is made up of Barbara Hendricks, Department of Human Services; Cindy Shenk, American Red Cross; Richard Wholf, United Jewish Communities; Jeannette Baker, United Methodist Church; Cody Wilson, United Way of Archuleta County; Drew Harbison, Salvation Army; Carlos Alvarez, Catholic Charities; Deni Blaisch; Ashley Souza, Department of Human Services; Rev. Douglas Neel, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church; Carmen Hubbs, Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program; Bruce Stephens, Centerpoint Church; Nancy Schutz, La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation; and April Holthaus, Grace Evangelical Free Church. The local board will determine how the funds awarded to Archuleta County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies. 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 agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private, voluntary non-profits or units of government; 2) be eligible to receive 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. Contact Barbara Hendricks or Ashley Souza at the Archuleta County Department of Human Services for further information, 264-2182.

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