County gets shelter funds

Sheboygan County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter Board Program (EFSP).

Sheboygan County has been chosen to receive $11,801 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The award is a reduction of 15 percent from the amount received last year.

A meeting to determine how the funds awarded to Sheboygan County will be distributed will be held on Oct. 11th at 10 a.m. in the first floor community room of the Wasserman Apartments, 611 N. Water St., Sheboygan. Interested community members are encouraged to attend.

Last year, Sheboygan County distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds through The Salvation Army, Lakeshore CAP, Sheboygan County Food Bank and the Tee Box. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds must contact the Local Board chair, Char Neitzel-Goostree, at 920-917-5728 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Oct. 7.

The selection was made by the EFSP National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The EFSP local 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.

The EFSP Local Board is made up of community members and nonprofit agencies. They will determine how the funds awarded to Sheboygan County are to be distributed among 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 made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the EFSP National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the ability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.


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