EMERGENCY FOOD & SHELTER 2019-04-11T15:22:17-05:00

EMERGENCY FOOD & SHELTER PROGRAM

EMERGENCY FOOD & SHELTER PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM?

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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.

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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, 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.

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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

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Last year, the local EFS board distributed over $125,000 in assistance for shelter, utilities and food for emergency needs via this federal grant!

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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

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APPLYING FOR THE EFSP FUNDS

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

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Applications can be found here

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!

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

APPLYING FOR THE EFSP FUNDS

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

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