Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide   [open pdf - 5MB]

Form the Foreword: "On February 9, 2018, Congress passed and the President signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123). The Act includes a provision amending the Stafford Act in a manner that largely codifies the changes related to houses of worship which were made in Version 3.0 of this Guide. [...] This Version 3.1 makes the following additional revisions to align with the changes made by the Bipartisan Budget Act: [1] Changes the terms 'essential governmental services' and 'essential governmental-type services' to 'essential social services' and 'essential social-type services.' [2] Adds houses of worship as eligible private nonprofit facilities, distinct from community centers. [3] Clarifies that houses of worship cannot be deemed ineligible because leadership or membership in the organization operating the house of worship is limited to persons who share a religious faith or practice. [4] Removes the exclusion of buildings and items used primarily for religious purposes or instruction from the definition of eligible private nonprofit educational facilities and makes clear that such facilities are eligible regardless of their religious character or use for religious instruction."

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FP 104-009-2
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