Phelps County has been chosen to receive $14,182 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the 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.
A local board made up of the United Way, Catholic Charities, community action agencies, homeless representatives, government agencies, American Red Cross, Ministerial Association and Salvation Army will determine how the funds awarded to Phelps County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.
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 or shelter programs, and
6) have a voluntary board if they are a private voluntary organization.
Phelps County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to Phelps County Family Crisis Services, St. James Caring Center, St. James Golden Age Center, Phelps County Nutrition Program, Phelps County Faith Distribution and United Way participating.
Those interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds must contact Carolyn Peplow at 573-364-3577 for an application.
The deadline is Nov. 6.