BERKS COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM.
Berks County has been chosen to receive $236,096 (Phase 38) to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
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 consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The Local Board is 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 numerous organizations, (including American Red Cross, Berks Community Action Program, Berks Coalition to End Homelessness, Berks County Government, Catholic Charities, Friend, Inc., Jewish Federation of Reading, New Journey Community Outreach, Opportunity House, Reading Berks Conference of Churches, Salvation Army, and United Way) will determine how the funds awarded to Berks are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under these phases.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Berks County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously to Berks Community Action Program, Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Catholic Charities, Greater Berks Food Bank, Family Promise of Berks County, New Journey Community Outreach, Opportunity House, SAFE Berks, Salvation Army Reading Corps, and Salvation Army Service Ext. Unit.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must complete an electronic application. The online application deadline is close of business December 22, 2020. Contact Jennifer Tinsman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-685-4576 with any questions.