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United Way accepting applications for FEMA funds

SALISBURY — Rowan County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Rowan County has been chosen to receive $69,878 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Cabarrus and Rowan counties.

The selection was made by a 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 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.

A local board made up of representatives from county government, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the Catholic community, the Protestant community, the Jewish community, United Way and a homeless advocate will determine how the funds awarded to Rowan County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

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 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 capability to deliver emergency food and shelter programs and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Rowan County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter Funds previously with The Salvation Army, Rowan Helping Ministries and Family Crisis Council participating.

These agencies were responsible for providing 1,268 meals and 3522 nights of lodging. They also assisted with 31 rent or mortgage bills and 154 utility bills.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact the Rowan County United Way office, 704-633-1802, for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is 5 p.m. on June 22.

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