Parish awarded emergency funds

St. Charles Parish has been chosen to receive $22,386 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area. These funds have been made available through Congressional Act.

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

A local board made up of local service agency’s will determine how the funds awarded to St. Charles Parish are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive the funds made available.

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) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

St Charles Parish has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously through the Department of Community Services and the St. Charles Social Concerns Committee.

These agencies were responsible for providing rent, utility and mortgage assistance.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Phase 28 Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Timothy J. Vial, Board Chair, at 985-783-5000 or email him at for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Feb. 19.


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