Cochise County has been awarded federal funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas. Local agencies are now being invited to apply to the county for grants.

The monies have been made available through the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The county will receive $61,480 as part of an annual award it receives through this program. An additional sum of $87,653 has been made available under Phase CARES.

A local Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Local Board, chaired by Supervisor Peggy Judd, will determine how the funds will be distributed in Cochise County.

Under the terms, local agencies chosen must:

• Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government

• Be eligible to receive federal funds

• Have an accounting system

•Practice non-discrimination

• Have demonstrated the capability to deliver food and/or shelter programs

• Have a voluntary board, if they are a voluntary non-profit

Submitted by Cochise County

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