Hertford County Receives $32,725 to Supplement the County's Food and Shelter Emergency Program
Hertford County has been chosen to receive $32,725 to supplement emergency food and shelter program in the county. Of this amount, $8,000 has come from Phase 39 annual funding of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program and $24,725 has come from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Section 4007, to provide additional support to communities impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.
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 consisting of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ, 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 of the country.
A Local Board made up of Hertford County residents, church pastors and representatives from the Salvation Army, the Hertford County Office of Aging, Hertford County Dept of Social Services, Ahoskie Food Pantry, Ahoskie Christian Center, Beth Emet Messianic Synagogue, Chowanoke Nation Indian Tribe, E-911/Communications, Meherrin Indian Tribe, St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church will determine how the funds awarded to Hertford 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 these funds must: 1) be private non-profits or units of the government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice non-discrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 6) if they are a private voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Hertford County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Ahoskie Food Pantry, Choanoke Area Development Association (CADA), and Salvation Army participating. These agencies were responsible for providing meals, food, nights of lodging, utility assistance, and rental assistance.
Public and private voluntary agencies who were interested in applying for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds submitted their applications to Marion Faison at the Hertford County Department of Social Services. The deadline for applications was 5 P.M. March 22, 2022.