Union gets money for food and shelter programs from DHS/FEMA


Union Parish 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.

Union has been chosen to receive $8,307 (Phase 38) to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the parish.

The selection was made by the National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities;

USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Foundations 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 made up of (President of the Union Parish Police Jury, a representative from NELA Food Bank, Local Government, Homeless Representative, et al) will determine how the funds awarded to Union Parish 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, non-profits 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 private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds must contact Diane P. Hill at 100 East Bayou St., Suite 107, Farmerville, (318)368-9606 for an application.