Mohave County receives EFSP funds

Mohave County has been selected to receive an award under Phase 29 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Congress has appropriated $119,760,000 to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs. Of the $119,760,000 Mohave County has been awarded $98,499 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The award was based upon Mohave County's total number of unemployed as compared to the total number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way of America. 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.

A local board composed of representatives invited from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, United Way of America, Local Jewish Communities, local government, Indian Tribes, and a homeless person or homeless person advocate will determine how the funds awarded to Mohave County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the county. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program when funding becomes available.

Funded agencies, known as "Local Recipient Organizations", 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.

The Mohave County Board has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously to 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; Salvation Army of Kingman, Set Free Christian Fellowship; Kingman WACOG; Fort Mohave Indian Tribe; Cornerstone Mission; St. Vincent de Paul; Knights of Columbus, Bullhead Christian Center, First Assembly of God and Community Christian Fellowship.

Organizations may apply for the EFSP funds. Under the terms of the grant from the National Organizations wishing to apply for funding under this program must apply no later than August 10th, 2011. Send application for funding to Byron Steward, Mohave County Emergency Management, P.O. Box 7000, Kingman, AZ 86402. For email inquiries: byron.steward@co.mohave.az.us