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April 20, 2023
Local Board recommends $10,000 in federal dollars be awarded to various county agencies to help with emergency shelter and food.

The Union County Local Review Board submitted a plan to award $10,000 from Phase 40 to local entities. The plan is pending final approval by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program or EFSP.

Family Promise of Delaware County, service provider for the Impact Station Emergency Shelter, was awarded $6,000 to be used for mass shelter.

Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities (UCBDD) was awarded $4,000 to be used for other food and other shelter.

EFSP is a federal fund administered locally by The United Way of Union County (UWUC).

Per EFSP guidelines, the local board is comprised of individuals representing local government, social services, and the faith community. Members include Corinne Bix, United Way of Union County; Bill Narducci, Union County Commissioners Office Becky Bolt, Hope Center; Gene Miller, Marysville Area Ministerial Association; Andrew Binegar, Bridges Community Action; Brittani Perdue, The Salvation Army; Cory Paul, American Red Cross; Mike Myers, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church; Devin Durain, Heart of Ohio Homeless Shelter; Laura Michalak, Union County Board of DD; Sue Ware, Union County Job & Family Services; Holly Zweizig, Mental Health and Recovery Board of Union County; Trevor Secord, Union County Family YMCA; and Terry Emery, City of Marysville.

Given EFSP guidelines for board representation, there is often cross-over between those who sit on the board and the agencies that apply for funding. In these cases, those board members abstain from voting.

Under 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) have a sound accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have an active board.

The total amount of $10,000 from Phase 40 to be used in Union County was allocated by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; and United Way Worldwide. The National 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.
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