Inter-Agency Council

98 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079
856-935-7510 x 8317

Jody Veler – Executive Director
856-935-7510 Ext. 8451
Fax: 856-935-7747

Christina DiGiovacchino – Program Director
856-935-7510 Ext. 8317

Jennifer Preen – Administrative Coordinator
856-935-7510 Ext. 8315

The Bridging The Gap Resource Guide and collaborative is a group of system partners whose interest and initiative is to raise awareness of the various services available to children and their families.  Currently, the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families also maintains a contract with PerformCare to provide a central point of entry when accessing behavioral health services.


The County of Salem has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Salem County will receive $32,646 for Phase 38 (FY2020) to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. A Local Board made up of representatives from county human service providers including the Salem County Inter Agency Council and the Salem County Board of Social Services will determine how the funds awarded to Salem County will be distributed to non-profit and governmental agencies.

The appropriation made by Congress charged to the National Board, chaired by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, consists of a representative from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

The Local Board will develop a plan to supplement organizations providing food, shelter, and supportive service, including, but not limited to: food services, hotel vouchers, one-month rent or mortgage assistance and utility assistance.

Any non-profit, faith-based, or local government agency that provides food and shelter services may apply for funds. To receive funds an agency must: 1) be private voluntary non-profit or governmental agency, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) has not received an adverse audit,5) practices nondiscrimination, 6) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and will use funds to supplement or expand existing programs and services 7) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board, 8) has no known EFSP compliance issue in this or any jurisdiction, and 9) will provide all required reports and documentation to the Local Board in a timely manner. Current or former EFSP participation is not required for participation. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Salem County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Catholic Charities, Salem County Meals on Wheels, and the Salvation Army. These agencies were responsible for providing food and shelter needs within Salem County.

Request for Funding Proposal (RFP) applications for the Phase 38 allocation will be accepted by the Salem County Inter Agency Council up until January 15, 2021.  Return proposals in the format described in the Request for Funding Proposal (RFP) packet to the Salem County Inter Agency at 98 Market St. Salem, NJ 08079.  No applications accepted after January 15, 2021 at 11am.  Please email Jennifer Preen,  for an application.

If you require any special accommodations to obtain or submit a proposal, please provide reasonable notice of your needs to the Salem County Inter Agency Council.

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