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|Concordia awarded federal funds for emergency food & shelter programs|
The Concordia Parish Emergency Food and Shelter Board has been chosen to receive $5,556 to supplement food and shelter programs in the area for FY 2009.
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 America which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agency. The Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the Capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need arrears around the country.
A local board made up of the mayor of Ferriday, a town council member, an American Red Cross member, et. al, has been formed to determine how the funds awarded to Concordia Parish are to distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the programs.
Under the terms of the grant from National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must:
1. Be non-profit.
2. Have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit.
3. Practice non-discrimination.
4. Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and
5. If they are a private voluntary organization they should have a voluntary board.
Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.
Concordia Parish has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds during the past year with LaSalle CAA., Inc. participating. The agency was responsible for providing households with an emergency utility assistance, families were assisted with mortgage / rental payments, and meals were provided through the Food Bank.
Further information may be obtained by contacting Mack Moore, Board Chairperson, at 318-336-5231.
Application deadline is July 24, 2009.
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