Greene County has been awarded $33,503 from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to supplement emergency food and shelter services, according to the Rev. Jamie Lively, chairman of the local program.
The program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations in the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance.
EFSP is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Through the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 the program aims "to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services" for homeless and hungry individuals nationwide.
HOW TO APPLY
Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must:
* be non-profit;
* have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit;
* practice non-discrimination;
* have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and
* have a volunteer board if the group is a private voluntary organization.
Previous emergency food and shelter funds awarded to Greene County have been distributed by the Greeneville/Greene County Community Ministries and by the Northern Greene County Churches "United in Love" Ministry.
For additional information regarding the grant or to be considered as a local recipient organization of funds to distribute through emergency food and shelter programs, please contact the United Way office at 639-9361.
Letters of request for funding should be directed to the EFSP Local Board c/o Wendy Peay, 115 Academy St., Greeneville, TN 37743.
Requests to distribute funds must be received by Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.
The award is based each year on the total number of unemployed in a given jurisdiction as compared with the total number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions.
This year, Congress has appropriated $113.8 million to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs, according to a recent news release.
In the 31 years since EFSP was implemented, Greene County has received $1,417,384 through the program, according to the release.
The national board is composed of voluntary representatives from various service organizations including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, United Way of America, National Council of the Churches of Christ, United Jewish Communities, and the Salvation Army.
United Way of America provides administrative staff and will function as the fiscal agent for the program.
The national board is charged with the responsibility of distributing the 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 Greene County will be distributed to support the needs in this community for emergency food and shelter services provided by local service organizations.
Serving with Lively on the local board are: Anthony Morrison, executive director of the Greene County Chapter of the American Red Cross; Danny Ricker, executive director of the Opportunity House; Cindy Luttrell, Takoma Regional Hospital social services; Glenda Blazer, executive director of the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center; Betty Cook, local director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program; Susan Price, Laughlin Hospital social services; Mike Crum, Greeneville Police Department officer; Mary Little, coordinator of disability services at Walters State Community College; Ginger Naseri, of Frontier Health Church Street Pavilion; and Wendy Peay, executive director of United Way of Greene County.