Stephenson County Set To Receive $23,446 To Supplement Emergency Food And Shelter Programs

Freeport, Illinois – Stephenson County Set To Receive $23,446 To Supplement Emergency Food And Shelter Programs. The monies awarded to Stephenson County declined from the prior year, as the funding is based on a formula related to unemployment rates in each county. The funds are used to supplement existing services that provide emergency food and shelter services in Stephenson County.

The selection was made by a National Board which is 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 Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way of America.

The local board, which is composed of representatives from Stephenson County, is now charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas in our communities. The local board is seeking applications from qualified service organizations (please see detailed list of qualifications below) serving Stephenson County. Those interested in applying can visit United Way of Northwest Illinois’ website or contact our office to receive an application.

Stephenson County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously to The Salvation Army, Freeport Area Church Cooperative, Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency Senior Citizen Services, VOICES and Northern Illinois Food Bank. These agencies were responsible for providing served meals, food pantry orders, and rent/mortgage assistance in Stephenson County.

Eligibility to receive funds:

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must:

1) Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government (If private voluntary organization, must have a volunteer board)

2) Have an accounting system,

3) Practice nondiscrimination

4) Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs

How to apply:

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds can visit or contact the United Way of Northwest Illinois, Inc. at (815) 232-5184 for an application. Grant request applications are due by August 12, 2016 at the United Way office, 524 West Stephenson Street, Freeport, by 4:00pm.

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