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MUSKEGON AND OCEANA COUNTIES AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM.
UNITED WAY OF THE LAKESHORE – Muskegon and Oceana Counties have been chosen to receive $90,316 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in these counties; $74,825 will be directed to programs in Muskegon County and $15,491 will be directed to programs in Oceana County.
The selection was made by an Emergency Food and Shelter National Board (EFSP) that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with representatives from United Way Worldwide, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army and United Jewish Communities.
The Emergency Needs Committees of Muskegon and Oceana Counties will be charged to distribute the funds that have been appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
The Emergency Needs Committees includes representatives from more than 40 area agencies who will determine how the funds awarded to Muskegon County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. Oceana County also has a similar decision making committee.
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) 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. Qualifying agencies are encouraged to apply.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Jamie Helsen, United Way of the Lakeshore, 231-722-3134 ext 229, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 5 p.m.
United Way of the Lakeshore works to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health in Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo counties. For more information, contact United Way of the Lakeshore at 877-722-3134. For more information, please visit www.unitedwaylakeshore.org.