MOUNT VERNON — “Knox County has been awarded $7,477 in Federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county,” Knox County Commissioner Theresa Bemiller announced on Monday. The Emergency Food and Shelter Board of Knox County will meet on April 3, at 117 E. High St., Mount Vernon. The meeting will be held in the Commissioner’s conference room.
The selection was made by a national board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The board 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 federally appropriated funds from Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Knox County 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 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 nonprofits 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, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Knox County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with The Salvation Army of Mount Vernon. Last year, The Salvation Army of Mount Vernon was responsible for providing 570 nights of lodging assistance to 28 households, serving through Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for funds must contact the United Way of Knox County, 110 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050 for an application.