County selected to receive funding

KINGMAN ­ Mohave County was recently selected to receive $65,372 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The award is part of Phase 24 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Congress appropriated $153 million this year to supplement and expand the emergency food and shelter projects, according to a release from the Emergency Management Department of Mohave County.

Mohave County's total number of unemployed individuals, compared to the total number in all qualified jurisdictions, determined how much Mohave County was awarded.

A National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and including a representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and the United Way of America was given the task of distributing these funds to assist in the expansion of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board will make the decision of how to distribute the funds to qualified agencies within Mohave County.

This group will consist of invited representatives from The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, the United Way of America, local Jewish communities, local government, Indian tribes and a homeless person or homeless person advocate.

According to the news release, the local board will be "responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program."

Local Recipient Organizations will be able to use EFSP supplemental funds for "mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through pantries and food banks, one-month utility payments to prevent service disconnects, one month rent/mortgage assistance to prevent evictions, or assistance for people leaving shelters to establish stable living conditions," according to the release.

EFSP funds have previously been awarded to organizations such as the Lake Havasu Community Food Bank; Safehouse of Bullhead City; Lake Havasu Interagency Council; Help Organization Inc., of Bullhead City; Kingman Area Food Bank; Kingman Aid to Abused People; Salvation Army of Lake Havasu City; Salvation Army of Bullhead City; Set Free Christian Fellowship; Kingman WACOG; the Hualapai Tribe; Good Samaritan Association of Kingman; Cornerstone Mission; Kingman Resource Center and the Desert Rose Charities of Beaver Dam/Littlefield.

Under the terms of the grant, both local governmental and private organizations may apply for the funds. In order to do this, they must 1) be non-profit, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination and 5) have a voluntary board if they are a private voluntary organization, according to the release.

All applications must be turned in no later than Jan. 18. The local board will hold a public meeting to allocate the funds at 10 a.m. on Jan. 19 at the Interagency Council, 1940 Mesquite Ave., Suite O, Lake Havasu. For further information, contact Byron Steward, Mohave County Emergency Management, at 757-0910.

Steward can also be reached by fax at (928) 757-0916 or by e-mail at byron.steward@co.Mohave.az.us. Applications and Local Recipient Organization Forms can be found at Mohave County Public Works Office at 3675 E. Andy Devine Ave., or can be downloaded at www.co.Mohave.az.us/pw/Emergency%20Mgmt/News%20Release.htm.