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Cos County awarded federal emergency funds


June 27, 2020
REGION — Cos County has been chosen to receive $7,475.00 by the State Set-Aside Committee under Phase 37 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Cos County. Coos County will also receive $18,947.00 under Phase CARES.

The award to New Hampshire was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, USA, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and United Way World which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent. The 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.

In the past, a local Board Granite United Way of Northern New Hampshire, Tri-County Community Action, St. Vincent de Paul Society, New Hampshire Catholic Charities, State of New Hampshire Department of Health And Human Services, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Cos County Family Health Services-RESPONSE, New Hampshire Legal Assistance, City of Berlin Welfare Department, Berlin Community Services Department and county Legislators have worked together to determine how the funds are to be distributed. Cos County Human Service providers, City and Town Officers and interested community members are invited to serve on this Local Board.

A Full Local Board Meeting has been scheduled to meet at the Brown Company House, located at 961 Main St., Berlin, at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14. If we cannot meet in person because of COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a Zoom call set up and a link emailed to all invitees. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be non-profit, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply. Application forms are available at the offices of Granite United Way-Northern Region, 752-3343.

The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program. Human Service providers who would like to submit proposals requesting funds for emergency food and shelter needs are required to attend and bring 10 copies of the Application form provided by the United Way to this meeting. No requests for funding will be considered after 10 a.m. on the date of this meeting...

Further information on this program may be obtained by reviewing the EFSP Web site at: www.efsp.unitedway.org or contacting the Alternate Local Board Chair, Laura Boucher, Community Impact & Resource Development Coordinator of Granite United Way Northern Region, 752-3343.

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