EMERGENCY FOOD & SHELTER 2018-09-24T11:02:19+00:00

EMERGENCY FOOD & SHELTER PROGRAM

EMERGENCY FOOD & SHELTER PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM?

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). This program 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 people who are hungry and homeless 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.

In St. Joseph County, Emergency Food and Shelter funds are unique because they assist families up to 250% of the poverty level, while most assistance caps at 150% poverty. Consequently, these dollars are critical for the underemployed and newly unemployed families in our community, as these people traditionally are faced with more difficulty gaining assistance.

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

•   Food – Food pantries, served meals, emergency shelter meals
•   Shelter – Utilities, rent, mortgage, emergency weather shelter
•   Utilities – One utility assist in each category per year

Last year, the local EFS board distributed over $125,000 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 ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE PHASE 34 FEDERAL FUNDING GRANT FOR 2017, FROM MAY 22 – JUNE 9.

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 for Phase 34 is $115,598. 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 starting May 22nd.

Applications can be downloaded here. No applications will be accepted after 5 p.m. June 9, 2017. Presentations will occur on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 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.

 

Local questions may be directed to Amber Werner awerner@uwsjc.org

 

Applications can be found here

NEED HELP? CALL 2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1 or CLICK HERE to access hundreds of community services. It’s FREE, confidential, and available 24 hours a day.

WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM?

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). This program 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 people who are hungry and homeless 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.

In St. Joseph County, Emergency Food and Shelter funds are unique because they assist families up to 250% of the poverty level, while most assistance caps at 150% poverty. Consequently, these dollars are critical for the underemployed and newly unemployed families in our community, as these people traditionally are faced with more difficulty gaining assistance.

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

•   Food – Food pantries, served meals, emergency shelter meals
•   Shelter – Utilities, rent, mortgage, emergency weather shelter
•   Utilities – One utility assist in each category per year

Last year, the local EFS board distributed over $125,000 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 ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE PHASE 34 FEDERAL FUNDING GRANT FOR 2017, FROM MAY 22 – JUNE 9.

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 for Phase 34 is $115,598. 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 starting May 22nd.

Applications can be downloaded here. No applications will be accepted after 5 p.m. June 9, 2017. Presentations will occur on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 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.

Local questions may be directed to Amber Werner awerner@uwsjc.org.

NEED HELP? CALL 2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1 or CLICK HERE to access hundreds of community services. It’s FREE, confidential, and available 24 hours a day.

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