Food, housing funds available

WEIRTON – Hancock County has been awarded a $13,146 supplemental grant through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

A local board comprised of representatives from The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities West Virginia and Community Bread Basket Inc. will meet at 10 a.m. today at the Salvation Army offices to discuss distribution of the funds.

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 organizations chosen to receive funds must: be private voluntary non-profits of units of the government; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter programs; and, if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Hancock County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter Funds previously with The Salvation Army, Community Bread Basket and Catholic Charities. These agencies were responsible for providing over 101 cases of energy assistance.

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for funds must contact Tara Shepherd or a case worker for an application. The deadline for applications is Friday.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and the United Way of America, which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent. The board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country.