Emergency food, shelter programs in Gasconade, Maries, Pulaski eligible to seek nearly $49,000 in Phase 38, ARPA-R relief funding

Posted 3/30/22

District 11 has been awarded federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board …

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Emergency food, shelter programs in Gasconade, Maries, Pulaski eligible to seek nearly $49,000 in Phase 38, ARPA-R relief funding

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District 11 has been awarded federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program and the ARPA-R.

District 11 will receive $11,967 in Phase 38 funding and $36,824 in phase ARPA-R money to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. The deadline for applying for funds is noon on April 11.

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 Gasconade, Maries, and Pulaski county governments, American Red Cross, and county representatives will determine how funds awarded to District 11 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.

The Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County has received funding for its programs for the past year. Agencies may receive funds to provide food, shelter, and supportive services, including, but not limited to:

• Food services, such as congregate meals or groceries;

• Lodging in a mass shelter, or in a hotel/motel or other off-site shelter facility limited to 30-days assistance per individual or household;

• One-month mortgage assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure;

• Utility assistance for one month of service for gas, electric, and water service;

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must meet these 10 requirements including:

• be private voluntary nonprofits, faith-based or units of government,

• be eligible to receive Federal funds,

• have an accounting system with a checking account for EFSP deposits,

• practice nondiscrimination, 

• have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, 

• Have a DUNS number and a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), 

• be able to respond to email and submit reports to EFSP online,

• Pay vendors directly within 90 days for services provided, 

• be in good standing with the EFSP program, and,

• if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

District 11 has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to agencies responsible for providing meals and lodging.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can contact Heather Shortell at 573-765-3263 or at payments@mocacaa.org for an application. 

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