Troup County awarded federal funds through Department of Homeland Security, FEMA

Published 1:55 am Sunday, March 6, 2022

Troup 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.

Troup County has been chosen to receive $23,215 in Phase 39, and $71,753 from Phase ARAP 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. DHS’ 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 County Manager, LaGrange fire chief, representatives of United Way of West Georgia, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Troup County Homeless Coalition, Catholic Charities, the Jewish Federation and the TCSS McKinney Vento Liaison will determine how the funds awarded to Troup 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 nonprofits 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. Troup County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with St. Vincent de Paula and LaGrange Interfaith Food Closet participating in the most recent Phase 38. These agencies were responsible for providing 5,572 meals for 796 individuals and assisted 14 families with rent/mortgage or utilities.  Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Patty Youngblood at United Way of West Georgia either by email: patty@unitedwaywga.org or vis phone: (706) 884-8292 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is March 10, 2022.