Ozark Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) in Lawrence County was recently awarded federal funds under the emergency food and shelter program. The $22,127 will be utilized to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Lawrence County.
The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, National Council of Churches of Christ, and the United Way, all of the United States.
The selection was based on the total number of people unemployed in the jurisdiction compared to the number of people unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions.
The local board, composed of public officials, representatives from the emergency service provider groups, and other social service organizations, is responsible for recommending agencies to receive the awarded funds and will also determine how the funds will be distributed.
Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies receiving funds must meet the following requirements:
Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government
Have an accounting system
Have a federal employer identification number
Have a voluntary board, if they are a private voluntary organization
Have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
Not be debarred or suspended from receiving federal funds
Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for these funds must contact the OACAC Lawrence County Neighborhood Center, located in Aurora, for an application. The deadline for filing an application is March 11.