Lewis County officials are preparing for the likely receipt of federal money for food and shelter programs, asking local entities to ready requests for the funds. 

“While we do not have confirmation on receiving these funds yet, we wanted notify potential applicants in order to give them more time to develop their program concepts and applications,” said Meja Handlen, housing coordinator at Lewis County Public Health and Social Services.

The funds are part of the Phase 36 Emergency Food and Shelter Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funding applications can be found at https://lewiscountywa.gov/departments/public-health/ and must be submitted to meja.handlen@lewiscountywa.gov by July 1. Handlen will also address questions about the funding at an open house June 13. More information about the open house can be found by emailing Handlen at the address above. 

The county Health Department is planning to establish a local board to handle funding requests. Money will be distributed to entities that are private, nonprofits or government units. They must be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice non-discrimination and have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter. 

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