JANUARY 28, 2010

Clearwater County receives federal funds for emergency services

   Clearwater County has been awarded federal funds under the emergency food and shelter national board program. The county has been chosen to receive $7,121.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.

   The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federation, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.

   The 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 made up of the American Red Cross, Orofino Ministerial Association, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Salvation Army, a Native American member, Community Action Agency and Clearwater County Social Services will determine how the funds awarded to Clearwater County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations 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.

   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, 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.

   From Dec. 1, 2008 through Nov. 30, 2009, Clearwater County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds with participation by Community Action Agency. This agency was responsible for providing food, rent assistance, and utility assistance to hundreds of households in Clearwater County.

   Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting: Lauri M. Stifanick, Clearwater County Social Services, 150 Michigan Avenue, P.O. Box 586, Orofino, Idaho 83544 at (208) 476-3864 by no later than Feb. 9.