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January 23, 2013

Mahaska County awarded federal funds

OSKALOOSA — Mahaska County has been chosen to receive $5,334 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency 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 USA; and, United Way of America. 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.

The Local Board made up of representatives from the city, county, churches, non-profit agencies, homeless and United Way of Mahaska County, will determine how the funds awarded to Mahaska 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 available under this phase of the program. This board is currently seeking representation from the Native American population in Mahaska County.

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) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply, with the understanding that funding is not guaranteed.

United Way of Mahaska County, administered the distribution of the Emergency Food and Shelter funds for the past several years along with Agency on Aging, Crisis Intervention Services, LOVE INC, Mahaska Homelessness Coalition, and the Southern Iowa Economic Development Association participating. 

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Local Board Chair, Brianne Fitzgerald, United Way of Mahaska County, 500 High Ave. W., Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577, (641) 673-6043 for details. The deadline for the intent to be funded is Feb. 5.

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