Social Services Building

The Social Services building in Pell City, which currently houses Community Action, Christian Love Pantry, and other offices. Photo by Urainah Glidewell

St. Clair 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. St. Clair County has been chosen to receive $2,800 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 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 Community Action Agency, United Way, Homeless Representative, Health Department, M4A, Jewish Federation, Ministerial Alliance, Catholic Charities, The Love Pantry, Government Agency, Domestic Violence YWCA, and American Red Cross, will determine how the funds awarded to St. Clair 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 funds must be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, be eligible to receive Federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

St. Clair County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Community Action Agency of NE AL Inc., YWCA, and The Love Pantry participating. These agencies were responsible for providing food, shelter and utility assistance.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Carrie Lea, Community Action Agency of Northeast AL Inc., 1481 McCurdy Ave S, Rainsville, AL 35986, 256-638-4430 ext 101,, for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is September 19.

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