County receives $18K for emergency food, shelter

Published 1:19 am Friday, June 3, 2016

Covington County was recently awarded more than $18,000 for emergency food and shelter in the county.

Elizabeth Seay of the county’s OCAP program said Thursday that the federal funds were made available through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency under the emergency food and shelter national board program.

The county will receive $18,116 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county, she said.

“The local board will determine how the funds awarded to Covington County are to be distributed among the EF&S programs run by local service agencies in the area,” Seay said. “The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this program.”

To be eligible to receive the grant, agencies must:

• Be a private voluntary non-profit or units of government;

• Be eligible to receive federal funds;

• Have an accounting system;

• Practice nondiscrimination;

• Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food/or shelter programs;

• If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Seay said qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for funding must apply in writing to Elizabeth Seay, 23952 Highway 55 Bypass, Andalusia, AL 36420.

Deadline for letters of interest is June 20, 2016.