Aug 4, 2009 / 02:42 am
Catholic Charities USA has received a five-year, 100 million dollar federal contract to aid in disaster relief throughout the United States. The contract is the charity’s first ever federal contract.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Administration for Children and Families (ACF) section awarded the contract to Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), a 100-year-old service organization.
The contract allows HHS to issue task orders to the agency for aid in connection with a specific disaster. The agreement became effective on July 20, a Monday CCUSA press release says.
Under the contract, the charity will organize national, regional and local teams and work in partnership with them to ensure disaster case management preparedness and delivery.
Though the contract covers all types of disasters, Catholic Charities noted that the agreement comes in time for the 2009 hurricane season. The federal government’s first task order concerned case management work related to the aftermath of Hurricanes Gustave and Ike.