ROCKEFELLER, MANCHIN & RAHALL ANNOUNCE GRANT FOR EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 28, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, as well as Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $541,057 in federal funding for social service agencies to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout West Virginia.

“In West Virginia, we understand the importance of coming together and helping those facing tough times,” said Rockefeller.  “This funding will help organizations across the state continue to serve their communities and meet the needs of their neighbors.  Their worthy and generous work helps to relieve people of hunger and lift West Virginians out of poverty.  We should all be grateful for their efforts and the people they stand up for.”

“The health and safety of all West Virginians have always been one of our state’s top priorities,” Senator Manchin said. “As we continue to fight through these tough economic times, I am proud that we can work together to make sure that our friends, families and neighbors have a roof over their heads, food to eat and the support that they need to help them get back on their feet and into the workforce.”

“Family emergencies can occur throughout the year and due to all manner of causes.  These federal funds will help put food on the table and lend a helping hand to get families back on track in those instances,”  said Rahall, who is the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with jurisdiction over FEMA programs.  “The American people share and rightly take pride in a fundamental moral tenet to lend a helping hand to our neighbors and even to strangers who are trying to get back on their feet.”

This federal funding is provided by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). EFSP funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage, and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies.

Member agencies of the EFSP National Board include: American Red Cross; Catholic Charities USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; United Way Worldwide; and FEMA.  Funded jurisdictions use Local Boards, similar in composition to the National Board, to advertise the availability of the funds; establish priorities among community needs; allocate funds to non-profit and government emergency food and shelter agencies; and, help monitor program compliance.  More information about the EFSP can be found here.

Below are the funding amounts available for each jurisdiction in West Virginia:

$11,966

Randolph County

$11,332

$6,206

Cabell & Wayne Counties

$43,648

Mercer County

$18,429

Barbour County

$5,760

Mineral County

$10,392

Boone County

$6,621

Mingo County

$7,542

Braxton County

$5,453

Monongalia County

$25,683

Brooke County

$11,332

Morgan County

$5,651

Calhoun County

$3,128

Nicholas County

$9,214

Clay County

$3,573

Ohio County

$15,390

Fayette County

$14,658

Pocahontas County

$3,810

Grant County

$5,404

Raleigh County

$22,190

Greenbrier County
Hampshire County

$7,037

Ritchie County

$3,533

Hancock County

$16,123

Roane County
Harrison County

$20,428

Summers County

$4,097

Jackson County

$10,976

Taylor County

$5,285

Kanawha County

$59,849

Tyler County

$3,563

Lewis County

$4,840

Upshur County

$7,938

Lincoln County

$7,077

Webster County

$3,345

Logan County

$10,768

Wetzel County

$7,096

McDowell County

$7,502

Wood County

$31,147

Marion County

$16,984

Wyoming County

$6,770

Marshall County

$13,015

State Set-Aside Committee

$34,564

Mason County

$11,738

West Virginia Total

$541,057

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