Local F.E.M.A. Board Announcement

From the United Way of SWLA:

Lake Charles LA—United Way of Southwest Louisiana will serve as fiscal agent for $82,067 in federal funds through the Local Federal Emergency Management Agency Board, which will be given to local emergency food and/or shelter programs. The program is operated by local, non-profit agencies.

Congress appropriates the money to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas. United Way of America provides the administrative staff and distributes the money. This grant is not in response to natural or national disasters.

The Calcasieu Parish Jurisdiction was designated by a national board of volunteer organizations chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Criteria for funding requires organizations to be non-profit, have a qualified accounting system and conduct annual audits, practice non-discrimination and show they are capable of administering these programs. Private voluntary organizations must also have an unpaid board.

In 2009, United Way of Southwest Louisiana distributed $90,936 in emergency food and shelter funds through Salvation Army and Catholic Social Services.