What it is: In June, Lincoln County was awarded $14,933 in federal funding through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. These funds are awarded by the national board to help support and expand food and shelter programs in high-need areas.
Previous years: Last year the county received around $37,500 through the same program, and most of the funds went to the Hesed House of Hope and the local domestic violence shelter. The funding helped the Hesed House, which costs around $6,000 a month to operate, to become a year-round shelter since previously it was only open in the winter months.
Explanation: To determine how the $14,933 will be used, a local board made up of representatives from Lincoln Housing Authority, American Red Cross, Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, Gaston Community Action, YMCA, NCWorks Career Center, Senior Services, Veterans Affair and United Way of Lincoln County, will meet and determine what’s best. The board will also decide whether to apply for additional funding to support the county’s emergency food/shelter programs. Those programs/agencies must meet the following criteria to receive funding: Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government; be eligible to receive Federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.
More Information: Agencies interested in being considered to receive funding can contact local board chair Anthony Simpson at 704-735-8035 or Kathy Vinzant at 704-732-8055 for an application. The deadline for applying for the funds is July 6.