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Front Page - Friday, January 15, 2021

Federal funds available for emergency food, shelter




Hamilton County may receive funds through a national Emergency Food and Shelter organization created by FEMA, United Way, Jewish Federations of North America, Catholic Charities USA, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross and the National Council of the Churches of Christ USA.

Under Phase 38 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Congress has appropriated $125 million to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs around the country.

The National Board has also included a reallocation of $15 million in the Phase 38 awards, making the total allocation $140 million.

For Phase 38, Hamilton County will receive $145,496. The county’s award is based on the total number of unemployed compared to the total number of unemployed in all qualifying areas.

To apply for these funds, agencies must be nonprofit, faith-based or a local government agency that provides food and shelter services opportunities.

Additionally, organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System number, a Federal Employer Identification Number and be able to verify fiscal responsibility.

To receive an application and guideline materials, contact Ann Treadwell, program director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga at 423 493-0270 or atreadwell@jewishchattanooga.com.

The application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. electronically and 4 p.m. in person at the Jewish Cultural Center (5461 North Terrace Road).

EFSP funds must be used to supplement food and shelter services and may not be used as seed money for new programs.

Examples of how to use the funds include meals, groceries, lodging, rent or mortgage assistance, utility assistance and supplies.

Source: Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga