Isanti 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 through the State Set-Aside Committee.

Isanti County has been chosen to receive $18,076 for Phase 37 and $25,772 for CARES money to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

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; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide.

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 will determine how the funds awarded to Isanti 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 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.

Isanti County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to various local food shelves, New Pathways, Catholic Charities, and A Place For You participating. These agencies are responsible for providing meals and nights of lodging.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Kathy Wills, Local Board Chair, Family Pathways, 6413 Oak St, North Branch, 651-674-8040 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. The meeting to distribute funds will be a Zoom meeting and those applying will be given the date. You must attend the meeting if you are applying for funding.

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