Clatsop County has been awarded $22,354 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program of a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A local board will determine how the funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

Under terms of the grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits 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 it's a private, a voluntary organization, it must have voluntary board.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Interim Local Board Chair Christy Ashley at Clatsop Community Action at 325-1400 for an application. The deadline for applications is Jan. 22.

The national board, chaired by FEMA, consists of representatives from the Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and the United Way of America.

Local boards have been charged with distributing funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

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