Cindy Cook, Chair of the Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board announced today that Pinal County has been advised that it will receive Phase 31 grant funds in the amount of $126,855 for emergency food and shelter services in the county.
Beverly Prueter, Executive Director of the United Way of Pinal County, noted that last year $143,131 was received through Phase 30 and distributed through the programs in Pinal County. Beverly said that this is critical funding for emergency assistance, and we are taking applications now for the Phase 31 funding. Only nonprofit agencies which are normally in the business of providing emergency food and shelter services may apply for the funding and may request or pick up an application from the United Way office at 402 E. 10th St. in Casa Grande. Applications must be received by United Way by 12 Noon on October 28, 2013.
The allocation is being made by a National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. The Local EFSP Board is charged with distributing 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 volunteers will determine how funds awarded to Pinal County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies. The Local EFSP Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive the funds that are made available under Phase 31 of the program. This is not a program to start up new agencies, and the local board recommendations to the national board will generate payments directly to the approved agencies for distribution to clients according to agency guidelines. Individuals may not apply for funding at the United Way office. At this time, only agency providers may submit applications to be a provider for the funding
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 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. Once applications have been received, the Local Board will present a plan for distribution to the National Board, which is due on November 8. An announcement will be made when the local plan is approved and which agencies are participating. Individuals may then make applications for specific food and shelter needs. .
The Pinal County Local EFSP Board distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds through Phase 30 to the following agencies in Pinal County: Against Abuse, Inc., for shelter supplies; Community Action Human Resources Agency for food, rent, mortgage and utility assistance; Community Alliance Against Family Abuse for emergency shelter and food assistance; Pinal Gila Council for Senior Citizens for home delivered meals; Salvation Army for rent and mortgage assistance, emergency shelter and food assistance; Seeds of Hope for served meals and other food; Catholic Community Services for home delivered meals; and Tri-Community Food Bank for rent assistance.
United Way of Pinal County administers the local program under the guidance of the Pinal County Local EFSP Board.