Mohave County Receives Federal Funds for Local Non-Profits for Emergency Food & Shelter Programs Apply Immediately

Mohave County has been selected to receive additional CARES funding to help mitigate COVID-19 impacts through the State Set-Aside(SSA) process of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in the amount of $24,949.00. The awards were based upon Mohave County’s ratio calculated as follows: each state’s average number of unemployed in non-funded jurisdictions divided by the average number of unemployed in non-funded jurisdictions nationwide equals each state’s percentage of the total amount available for SSA awards

The selection was made by a National Board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and 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 United Way of America. This 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.

To facilitate the funding, a local board composed of representatives invited from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, United Way of America, Local Jewish Communities, Local Government, Indian Tribes, and a homeless person advocate will determine how the monies awarded to Mohave County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the county. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program when funding becomes available.

Funded agencies, known as “Local Recipient Organizations” (LROs), use EFSP supplemental funds for mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through pantries and food banks, one month utility payments to prevent service disconnects, one month rent/mortgage assistance to prevent evictions, or assistance for people leaving shelters to establish stable living conditions.

Organizations may apply for the EFSP funds with the understanding that funding is not guaranteed. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local governmental and private organizations applying for funds must: 1) be non-profit, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 5) have a voluntary board if they are a private voluntary organization.

Organizations wishing to apply for funding under this program must apply no later than Thursday, August 20, 2020. The application can be emailed to the organization and then, completed and emailed back. CONTACT: [email protected] or [email protected].

The Local Board will hold a teleconference meeting open to the public to allocate EFSP funds at 2:00pm on August 25, 2020. The meeting will be hosted by Mohave County Department of Risk and Emergency Management. Please see the contact information below to obtain a call in number to attend the teleconference.

All applicant agencies are urged to participate. New applicant LRO’s MUST attend the allocations meeting or risk loss of funding. To request an application or to obtain further information on the program, please contact Byron Steward or Jazmyne Tarkowski, Mohave County Department of Risk Emergency Management; Phone 928-753-0739 ext 4607; Fax 928- 718-4974.

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