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Wetzel County Receives Emergency Funds

By Staff | May 1, 2019

Wetzel County has been awarded $10,844 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The county was chosen to receive funding through the Phase 35 supplement emergency food and shelter programs. The selections were made by a national board chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, and National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America.

The local board was charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programsd in high-need areas around the country.

A local board, consisting of the local government, Catholic Charities, Ministerial Association, emergency program representarives, homeless and low-income representatives, Salvation Army, United Way, and American Red Cross will determine how the funds awarded to Jackson County will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs in the area.

The local board is respnsible for recommending agencies to receive the funds and any addidtional funds available under the program.

Under the terms of the grant, agencies chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, have an accounting system and conduct annual audits, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter programs, and have a voluntary board. Organizations qualifying for these funds are encouraged to apply.

Wetzel County has distributed emergency food and assisted with utility terminations through Community Resources Inc in past years.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for funds should contact Liza Gonzales, Community Resources Inc., 21 Rosary Road, New Martinsville, WV 26155 or call 304-455-0120.

Deadline to submit is May 3, 2019.