Emergency food, shelter funds available under program

Jefferson County will receive $36,125 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area, according to the United Way of Southeast Arkansas.

A local board, made up of the county judge, a representative from the city of Pine Bluff, United Way members and others, will determine how the funds will be distributed. The panel is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Agencies are urged to apply for funding. Jefferson County has distributed emergency food and shelter program (EFSP) funds previously to the Area Agency on Aging, CASA, Human Development and Research Services, Neighbor to Neighbor and the Salvation Army. These agencies provided meals, rent and utilities assistance with EFSP funds.

To receive funds, eligible organizations must be non-profit, have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and-or shelter programs, and if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Jefferson County was chosen to receive funds by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.

Details: Contact the United Way of Southeast Arkansas at 534-2153 by Dec. 10.