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Twin Counties awarded emergency food, shelter funds

Posted on January 6, 2021

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ROCKY MOUNT — Nash and Edgecombe counties have been awarded $61,165 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs, the United Way Tar River Region announced. 

The money is part of a nearly $3.5 million congressional appropriation for the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The national board selects cities or counties for funding rather than specific agencies. The federal department responsible for this program is the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. These are not state, county government or United Way funds.

The national board chose the United Way to carry out administrative responsibilities. The United Way Tar River Region is responsible for organizing a Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board to recommend and oversee agencies receiving funds under the program for the Twin Counties. 

Chaired by Warren Stephenson, the local EFSP board is composed of Nash and Edgecombe residents who are representatives of national board member agencies such as the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Salvation Army, United Way and the National Council of the Churches of Christ. In addition, local boards must include a homeless, formerly homeless or homeless advocate in their membership. 

“Administering the Emergency Food and Shelter Program is extremely important for our community, especially as we focus on ensuring our community members have, at minimum, their basic needs met,” said United Way Executive Director Ginny Mohrbutter. “These funds are vital for our local nonprofit agencies to provide needed emergency food and shelter options for our citizens who are experiencing challenging times.  We encourage qualified agencies to apply for the funding and help us meet the needs of our local neighbors.”  

To be considered for funding, an organization must: 

• Be nonprofit or an agency of government.

• Not be debarred or suspended from receiving federal funding.

• Have a checking account and sign up for EFT (cash payments are not allowed).

• Have an accounting system or fiscal agent approved by the local board.

• Have a federal employer identification number.

• Have a Data Universal Number System number issued by Dun & Bradstreet and provide along with other required associated information.

• Have a valid email address for program communication and electronic signature processes.

• Be providing services and using its other resources in the area in which it’s seeking funding.

• Practice nondiscrimination (those agencies with a religious affiliation wishing to participate in the program must not refuse services to an applicant based on religion or require attendance at religious services as a condition of assistance, nor will such groups engage in any religious proselytizing in any program receiving EFSP funds). 

• Have a voluntary board if private, not-for-profit.

• To the extent practicable, involve homeless individuals and families, through employment, volunteer programs, etc., in providing emergency food and shelter services.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds must meet above criteria and complete an online application. For more information or to complete an application, visit www.unitedwaytrr.org/efsp38. 

The deadline for completed applications is noon Friday, Jan. 22. Prospective applicants with questions can email maryscottanderson@unitedwaytrr.org or call 252-937-2213, ext. 203 or 204.

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