Macon Social Services gets much needed stipend for food/shelter programs

As many local assistance programs were heading into a tight squeeze, news is out that the federal government is giving the county a stipend.

According to the Department of Social Services, $17,741 is coming to Macon County through the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

The funds will shore up emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

A local board will meet and determine how the funds will be awarded to the food and shelter programs in Macon County.

Under the terms of the grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government; be eligible for federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; demonstrate ability to deliver emergency food and or shelter programs; and if they are a private voluntary organization, have a volunteer board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Previously these funds have been distributed to Carenet.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying can pick up an application at the Department of Social Services.