DeKalb County Agencies Provide Food, Shelter with $11,446 FEMA Grant

March 27, 2008

An $11,446 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will help agencies in DeKalb County to better feed and shelter the county's hungry and homeless, US. Representative Bart Gordon said.

"For 25 years, Congress has funded FEMA's Emergency Food and Shelter Program to help social service agencies in more than 2,500 cities and counties nationwide, " Gordon said. "These funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies,"

FEMA awards the grants to nonprofit community and government organizations that are chosen by local boards. The board is composed of local agencies, the county mayor and others. Nonprofit organizations apply to the board for EFSP funds. The DeKalb County Mayor's office will administer the funds this year.

"We receive calls daily from people needing assistance. We are very grateful for these funds. We wish we were able to help more people, "Kristie Miller, DeKalb County Mayor office manager, said.

Last year, EFSP funds were used to provide 2,000 meals and to help 26 individuals in DeKalb County with utilities and rent.

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