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Coffee County Awarded $83,722 in  Federal Funds 

Coffee County has been awarded $33,769 under Phase 39 & 40 of the Emergency 

Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) and $49,953 through EFSP ARPAR to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. EFSP Phase 39, 40, & ARPAR funding is for the period of November 1, 2021 – December 31, 2024. 

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 

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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.

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The Local Board, made up of representatives from the American Red Cross, local 

government, The Salvation Army,  United Way of Highway 55, and others, will 

determine how the funds awarded to Coffee County are distributed among the 

emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  

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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 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice 

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nondiscrimination, 4) must not charge a fee for service 5) have demonstrated the 

capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, may not require 

religious/counseling services, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, 

they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

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The EFSP was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance 

Act (P.L. 100-77 signed into law on July 24, 1987, since renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and subsequently reauthorized under P.L. 100-628, signed into law on November 7, 1988). Since 1983, in its 39-year history, the EFSP will have distributed over $5.67 billion to over 14,000 human 

service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country through this 

collaborative effort between the private and public sectors.

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Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and 

Shelter Program funding should contact Ashley Abraham at the United Way of 

Highway 55 at 931-455-5678 or for an application. The deadline to 

apply is 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2024. Find the application link below:

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