Acadia Parish awarded federal funds under emergency program
LAFAYETTE – Acadia Parish has been chosen to receive $19, 761 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the parish during 2008.
Private or public voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Margaret Trahan at the United Way of Acadiana by phoning (337) 706-1232 for an application. The deadline for applications from local agencies is March 20, 2008. Once funds have been distributed to local agencies, then individuals from Acadia Parish may apply for assistance through the local agencies.
A local board made up of representatives from United Way of Acadiana, local municipalities and the faith community as well as some at-large members will determine how the funds awarded to Acadia Parish 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.
Acadia Parish has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with the Acadia Council on Aging, Crowley Christian Care Center and The ASSIST Agency participating. These agencies provided assistance with utility bills, rent or mortgage payments to 186 families with this funding in 2007. This funding also helped to subsidize meals through Ms. Helen’s Soup Kitchen.
The award amount for Acadia Parish was determined 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, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America.
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 capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply immediately.