Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds available for CNMI

The CNMI has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.

The CNMI has been chosen to receive $79,824 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs here in the Commonwealth.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U.S. 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 USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The Local 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 and territories.

A local board made up of community stakeholders will determine how the funds awarded to the CNMI are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

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) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

The NMI local board distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds last year to the Salvation Army, Guma Esperanza, and Karidat. These agencies were responsible for providing 26,437 meals and 1,372 nights of lodging.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact John Hirsh at the American Red Cross (234-3459) for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is on Aug. 19, 2016.

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