Taos County receives federal emergency food, shelter funds

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Taos County has received $22,879 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the local communities.

The funding is made available through the Department of Homeland Security's emergency management agency.

A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Taos County 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 the program

To qualify for the grant money, local agencies must:

• Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government.

• Be eligible to receive federal funds.

• Have an accounting system.

• Practice nondiscrimination.

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

• If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Taos County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with HELP-New Mexico, Inc. participating. HELP-New Mexico will be receiving these funds to distribute to households in need that meet all eligibility requirements.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the emergency program should call Kim Romero at (505) 753-7181 ext. 201 for information.

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