County Seeks Grant Applications for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs


Qualifying emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies are urged to apply for $292,710 in federal funds awarded to Lake County through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) / Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.


A local board made up of representatives from county government, United Way, the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross as well as advocates for the homeless, faith-based organizations and community partners will determine how the funds will be distributed.


Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  • Be a private voluntary nonprofit or unit of government
  • Have a voluntary board established and be eligible to receive federal funds
  • Have an accounting system
  • Practice nondiscrimination
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and /or shelter programs

Grant funds can be used for rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, mass shelter, served meals and food for pantry distribution. Any agency receiving funds for rent, mortgage or utility assistance will be required to enter client data into the Homeless Management and Information System.

Nonprofit or government agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds may contact Stephanie Glass at 352-742-6519 / Applications are also available at the Lake County Office of Housing & Human Services, 2008 Classique Lane, Tavares, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020.

Interested applicants should plan to participate in the Emergency Food and Shelter Program application and reporting training scheduled via Go To Meeting on June 29, 2020 at 1 p.m. Dial +1 (657)220-3412 Access Code: 854-048-845.