Clarendon County awarded DHS / FEMA EFSP Federal Funds

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Clarendon 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.

Clarendon County has been chosen to receive $10,151 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 will determine how the funds awarded to Clarendon County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. This board consists of representatives from the following agencies: Clarendon County Council, an advocate for the homeless, United Way of Sumter Clarendon and Lee Counties, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Clarendon Council on Aging, Clarendon County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, Clarendon County Department of Social Services, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Manning United Methodist Church, United Ministries of Clarendon County, and the Paxville Community Development Corporation. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under these phases of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits 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.

Clarendon County has distributed Emergency Food and shelter funds previously with the Clarendon Council on Aging, Clarendon County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Manning United Methodist Church, United Ministries of Clarendon County and the Paxville Community Development Corporation participating.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Mr. Harrington (Hal) L. Lowder at 803-460-4851 or contact the United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties at 803-773-7935 for an application. Documentation that your organization meets the above requirements is necessary, and the deadline is noon on February 1, 2021.

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