(Orange, Texas)

October 11, 2012

Orange County receives $44K in EFSP funds

Special to The Leader
United Way of Orange County

ORANGE — Orange County has been awarded more than $44,000 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Orange County has been chosen to receive a $44,142 grant to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and United Way Worldwide which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.  The 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 the County Judge, United Way Executive Director, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Friends Helping Friends, House of Refuge, Catholic Charities, Orange Christian Services, Orange Community Action Association, and Bridge City/Orangefield Ministerial Alliance will determine how the awarded funds will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; 2) have an accounting system; 3) practice non-discrimination; 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is Oct. 22, 2012. Applications are available at United Way office, 1506 W. Park in Orange. Call 409-883-3591 for info.