Monday, April 21, 2014 · 8:29 a.m.

Hamilton County has recently been awarded federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs, and United Way of Greater Chattanooga is seeking proposals to distribute those funds. 

The funds, amounting to $132,496, were made available through the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Under the terms of the grant, local agencies submitting proposals must meet the following conditions:

• 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

• Have a voluntary board (if they are a private, voluntary organization)

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Dec. 31 by 5 p.m.

To apply, contact Eileen Robertson, United Way's director of community impact, data analysis and strategy, by email or by calling 423-752-0356. Applications can be downloaded here and mailed to 630 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37402 or P.O. Box 4027, Chattanooga, TN 37405.

Hamilton County was selected by a national board that is chaired by the 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.

The local board that will recommend agencies to receive these funds will be made up of officials from United Way of Greater Chattanooga; Hamilton County Department of Health; Catholic Charities; Tennessee Department of Human Services; Chattanooga Department of Human Services; Chattanooga Room in the Inn; Salvation Army; Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee; Team Center; Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga; Signal Mountain Social Services; Jewish Community Federation; Chattanooga Area Food Bank; Northside Neighborhood House; Chattanooga Community Kitchen; Metropolitan Ministries; Samaritan Center; and Partnership for Families, Children and Adults.

Previous funds have been awarded to the Chattanooga Department of Human Services; Hamilton County Social Services; Salvation Army; Northside Neighborhood House; Community Kitchen; Partnership for Families, Children and Adults; Catholic Charities; Room in the Inn; Metropolitan Ministries; United Way’s 211; Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga; and Signal Mountain Services. These agencies were responsible for providing 2,724 shelter nights for individuals and families, among other needs.

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