Garland County has been awarded federal funds made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, according to a news release from United Way of the Ouachitas.
The program is expected to receive a total of $37,821 in total federal funding to help supplement preexisting emergency food and shelter programs across the county, the release said.
The programs include, but are not limited to, mass shelter, rent or utility assistance, food, and motel vouchers for those who are faced with homelessness, it said.
A local board consisting of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Church, the city of Hot Springs, the county judge's office, the homeless, Jewish synagogue, Protestant churches, The Salvation Army, and United Way met earlier in the year to review the EFSP program/agency applications and make recommendations to determine which local emergency food and shelter programs would be responsible for receiving and administering 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 have to be a private voluntary nonprofit or a unit of government; be eligible to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs, and, if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board, the release said.
United Way of the Ouachitas is expected to receive and administer these funds for the residents of Garland County, the release said.