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Piatt County has been chosen to receive $2,800.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. This selection has been made by a National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s 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 USA; and, United Way of America.
A local board made up of government officials, and social service agencies will determine how the funds awarded to Piatt 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 available under this phase 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) Have an accounting system, 3) Practice nondiscrimination, 4) Have demonstrated the capacity to deliver food and/or shelter programs, and 5) If they are a private voluntary organization they must have a voluntary board.
Piatt County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois participating. Community Action was responsible for providing hundreds of rental assistance and emergency food throughout the years.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Wendy Dotson at Community Action as soon as possible at 217-762-2421.