Hancock County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.

Hancock County has been chosen to receive $32,540 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

The Phase 36 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 representative nonprofits will determine how the funds awarded to Hancock County 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 these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program. Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits 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, have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. United Way of Hancock County moderated the distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with Christian Clearinghouse, Chopin Hall, Findlay Hope House for the Homeless and Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center participating. During the previous closed phase of funding, these agencies were responsible for providing 9,735 meals, 1,091 nights of lodging, and assisting 91 individuals with rent or mortgage assistance.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Michael Momany at the United Way of Hancock County, 245 Stanford Parkway, Findlay, Ohio, or call 419-423-1432 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is July 5, 2019.