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Klamath County has been awarded $42,522 through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fund existing non-profit programs in Klamath County that provide emergency food and shelter, according to a news release.

2019 marks the 36th year that the U.S. Congress has provided funds to support this particular FEMA program. Based significantly on unemployment rates throughout the United States, a national board has selected Klamath County to receive these emergency funds. A local FEMA board with approximately 17 members, chaired by Frank Hernandez, are taking applications from non-profit private and or public agencies with existing programs that provide food, shelter and utility assistance to the needy. Nationally, $120 million has been set aside for this FEMA program.

Applications for funding are available immediately by contacting the United Way of the Klamath Basin, 136 N. Third St., in Klamath Falls, or telephoning 541-882-5558. The deadline for submission of applications is July 11, 2019 at noon.

Agencies seeking funds must 1) be eligible to receive federal funds, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice non discrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and if they are a private voluntary organization 5) must have a board of directors. Eligible organizations must also have a federal employee identification number (FEIN) and a Dun and Bradstreet Number (DUNs) number.

Applications are available at the United Way of the Klamath Basin, 136 N. Third St. For more information, or to receive an application by U.S. postal mail or email, call United Way Administrator Leroy Cabral at 541-882-5558.

All FEMA funds are used to provide direct services, except for a 2% administrative fee provided to the United Way of the Klamath Basin. Current FEMA recipient agencies include The Salvation Army, Klamath & Lake Counties Food Bank, Klamath Crisis Center/Marta’s House, Integral Youth Services, Klamath Basin Senior Citizens’ Center, and the United Way of the Klamath Basin.