• PENOBSCOT COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED

FEDERAL FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM.
Penobscot County has been chosen to receive $57,536.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
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.
A Local Board will determine how the funds awarded to Penobscot County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. 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.
United Way of Eastern Maine administers this program for Penobscot County as a service to the community. Last year, Emergency Food and Shelter funds were allocated to 12 area organizations. These agencies were responsible for providing nearly 18,000 meals and 2,180 nights of housing or lodging.
Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting Janelle Wuoristo at United Way of Eastern Maine at 941-2800 or janellew@unitedwayem.org. The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, May 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Published on: May 16, 2018.
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