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ERIE COUNTY, NY HAS BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS THROUGH THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009 (ARRA) FOR THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM THROUGH DHS/FEMA. ERIE COUNTY HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO RECEIVE $297,634 TO SUPPLEMENT EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTY. A LOCAL BOARD MADE UP OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE UNITED WAY, ERIE COUNTY GOVERNMENT, AMERICAN RED CROSS, JEWISH FEDERATION, HOMELESS ALLIANCE OF WNY, AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WILL DETERMINE HOW THE FUNDS AWARDED TO ERIE COUNTY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AMONG THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAMS RUN BY LOCAL SERVICE AGENCIES IN THE AREA.

 

FUNDS MUST  BE USED TO PROVIDE FOOD AND SHELTER TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES EXPERIENCING TEMPORARY HOMELESSNESS OR FOOD INSECURITY ESPECIALLY AS A RESULT OF RECENT UNEMPLOYMENT. ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD ALSO ENGAGE IN SPECIFIC EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY THE NEWLY UNEMPLOYED AND AREAS WHERE THE NEWLY EMPLOYED CURRENTLY LIVE.

 

UNDER THE TERMS OF THE GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL BOARD, LOCAL AGENCIES CHOSEN TO RECEIVE FUNDS MUST: 1) BE A PRIVATE VOLUNTARY NON-PROFIT OR UNIT OF GOVERNMENT, 2) BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDS, 3) HAVE AN ACCOUNTING SYSTEM OR FISCAL AGENCY/CONDUIT APPROVED BY THE LOCAL BOARD, 4) CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT ANNUAL AUDIT OR REVIEW; 5) PRACTICE NON-DISCRIMINATION, 6) HAVE DEMONSTRATED THE CAPACITY TO DELIVER EMERGENCY FOOD AND/OR SHELTER PROGRAMS, AND 7) IF THEY ARE A PRIVATE VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATION THEY MUST HAVE A VOLUNTARY BOARD. QUALIFYING AGENCIES ARE URGED TO APPLY.

 

PUBLIC OR PRIVATE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR ARRA EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM FUNDS MUST CONTACT: DIANE BESSEL, 742 DELAWARE AVENUE, BUFFALO, NY 14209 AT 716-887-2717 OR EMAIL: DIANE.BESSEL@UWBEC.ORG FOR AN APPLICATION OR INFORMATION ABOUT THE TARGET POPULATION FOR THIS FUNDING (NEWLY UNEMPLOYED). THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS TO BE RECEIVED IS FRIDAY, MAY 22ND AT NOON.

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