EFSP

WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM (EFSP)?

The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) is a Federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and has been entrusted through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (PL 100-77) “to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services” for hungry and homeless people across the nation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chairs the National Board, and United Way Worldwide is the fiscal agent and staff for the program.
Emergency Food and Shelter dollars are earmarked for local nonprofit organizations that support essential services that help hungry, at risk and homeless families and those in immediate crisis.
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In St. Joseph County, Emergency Food and Shelter funds are unique because they assist families up to 250% of the poverty level and typically and most assistance caps at 150% poverty. Consequently, these dollars are critical for the underemployed and newly unemployed families in our community since these hardworking families traditionally have difficulty gaining needed assistance.

FUNDS ARE USED TO HELP STRUGGLING ST. JOSEPH COUNTY RESIDENTS WITH:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Utilites
Last year, the local EFS board distributed over $127,000 in assistance for shelter, utilities and food for emergency needs via this federal grant!

THE EMERGENCY FOOD & SHELTER BOARD FOR ST. JOSEPH COUNTY WILL BE TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE PHASE 33 FEDERAL FUNDING GRANT FOR 2016, FROM APRIL 27, 2016 THROUGH MAY 4, 2016
Eligible agencies must provide one or more of the following services:
  • Mass shelter (for example: night shelter, transitional housing)
  • Mass feeding (for example: soup kitchens, home delivered meals)
  • Other food (for example: food pantries, grocery vouchers)
  • Temporary housing (for example: motel vouchers in the event of no available shelter space)
  • Rent, mortgage, or utility assistance 
The award for St. Joseph County will be announced by the National Board in May 2016. Nonprofits, assisting in the areas of emergency services may apply for this federal grant. Applications are available at United Way of St. Joseph County, 3517 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Application can be downloaded
hereNo applications will be accepted after 5 p.m. May 4, 2016. Presentations will occur Tuesday, May 17, 2016 between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at United Way of St. Joseph County.

APPLYING FOR THE EFSP FUNDS

For more information about the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, please visit: efsp.unitedway.org.

 

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