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Funding: FEMA $530M Emergency Food and Shelter Program January 18, 2022

 

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Week of January 18, 2022

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Important Deadlines & Reminders

Jan. 19

Public comment period ends for Public Assistance policy. 


Jan. 21

Assistance to Firefighters Grants application period closes at 5 p.m. ET.

FEMA Announces $530M for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

 

FEMA announced a $530 million allocation for the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). This program supports jurisdictions across the country that assist our nation’s hungry and homeless populations.

 

The program’s National Board will distribute the funds to local organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering and providing critical resources to people with economic emergencies. These funds are for people with non-disaster related emergencies and can be used for a broad range of services, including:

  • Mass sheltering and feeding.
  • Food banks and pantries.
  • Utility bill payments to prevent cut-offs.
  • Rent and mortgage payments to prevent evictions and foreclosures.
  • Transition assistance from shelters to stable living conditions.

 

Congress appropriated $130 million through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, and $400 million through Section 4007 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to the EFSP. The $400 million in supplemental funding was provided by Congress to specifically address the continuing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The National Board is chaired by FEMA with representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide.

 

United Way Worldwide, selected by the National Board as its Secretariat and Fiscal Agent, is also responsible for the daily administration of the EFSP in alignment with federal requirements and National Board governance.

 

EFSP funding is allocated to qualifying local jurisdictions based on a formula using the most recent national population, unemployment and poverty data. Grants are then awarded by local boards to nonprofit and government organizations that provide direct services to those in need in their communities. All applications are evaluated competitively. With this FY 2021 annual and supplemental funding, the total aid disbursed in the EFSP’s 39-year history total more than $5.6 billion.

 

Learn more about how EFSP funds help Americans rebuild their lives by visiting the FEMA blog.


More Than $1B Available for Firefighters Grants

 

FEMA is accepting applications for all three of the fiscal year 2021 grants that constitute the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program, with the first deadline approaching on Jan. 21.

 

The application period for $414 million in funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants closes at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 21. These grants focus on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

 

The application period for $560 million in funding for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants closes at 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 4. SAFER grants focus on enhancing the ability of recipients to attain and maintain fire department staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

 

The application period is now open for $46 million in funding for the Fire Protection and Safety (FP&S) grants and will close 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 18. FP&S grants focus on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

 

The funding notice and technical assistance documents for this program will be available at grants.gov and FEMA.gov. For questions, contact FEMA's Fire Grants Helpdesk via email at firegrants@fema.dhs.gov


FEMA Publishes Data on Flood Insurance Rating Methodology

 

FEMA is releasing additional data on the agency’s new equitable flood insurance rate pricing methods.

 

Site visitors can view data that compares rate changes from the new rating methodology, Risk Rating 2.0: Equity in Action, to the legacy rating system in place since the 1970s. FEMA created Risk Rating 2.0 so flood insurance rates are actuarily sound, equitable, easier to understand and better reflect an individual property’s flood risk.

 

To view the comparison data, visit www.fema.gov/flood-insurance/risk-rating/profiles.

 

The new methodology now considers the cost to rebuild, a foundational aspect that ensures rates are equitable for all policyholders. Under the old system, policyholders with lower to moderate value homes with less flood risk subsidized the premiums of policyholders with higher valued homes and higher risk. Adding the cost to rebuild levels the playing field as premiums now equitably reflect a single property’s unique flood risk. 

 

Another key change implemented with the new methodology is the fact that once a premium reaches its full risk rate, increases stop. Under the old system, increases would continue indefinitely year after year for all policyholders.

 

Potential and existing policy holders can learn their specific rates with a call to their insurance company or agent.


FEMA Seeks Input on Development of National Continuous Improvement Guidance

 

FEMA is seeking whole community stakeholder feedback to aid in the development of National Continuous Improvement Guidance. The engagement period will begin on Jan.18 and last until Feb. 10.

 

A Continuous Improvement Program is a critical component of an organization’s operations as they incorporate lessons learned from exercises and real-world incidents so they can build capabilities and become more resilient.

 

FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinar sessions to gather input from whole community stakeholders that wish to participate and indicate what they would find most useful in establishing new or developing existing continuous improvement processes.

 

Webinar sessions will be offered from Jan 25 - Feb.8.

  • Listening Session #1: 11 a.m. – noon ET on Jan. 25.
  • Listening Session #2: 2 – 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 27.
  • Listening Session #3: 10 – 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 31.
  • Listening Session #4: 5 – 6 p.m. ET on Feb. 02.
  • Listening Sessions #5: noon – 1 p.m. ET on Feb. 08.

 

For information on webinar sessions and to register visit https://preptoolkit.fema.gov/web/cip-citap/events.  For additional questions or feedback contact FEMA-CITAP@fema.dhs.gov.


DHS Hosts Human Trafficking Panel Discussion

 

In recognition of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign and the DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships are hosting a virtual panel to discuss the racial disparities related to human trafficking crimes, highlighting the impact on youth and vulnerable communities.

 

The content of this event is best suited for individuals working in faith-based and community-serving organizations, especially those serving youth and/or minority audiences. Also, those working in minority- serving higher education institutions, as well as federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial entities serving youth and/or minority audiences.

 

Panelists will discuss the following topics:

  • Vulnerabilities of youth and marginalized communities.
  • Intersection of social media and human trafficking risks.
  • Racial inequities associated with trafficking-related crimes.
  • Available resources to help with youth prevention and education opportunities.

 

Registration for this event is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please send any questions, comments, and/or feedback to: BlueCampaign@hq.dhs.gov.

 

Learn more about Blue Campaign at https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/about-blue-campaign.


Upcoming Deadlines and Reminders

 

FEMA Extends Request for Information

 

FEMA published a notice in the Federal Register extending the public comment on the National Flood Insurance Program’s minimum floodplain management standards to Jan. 27.

 

Written comments can be submitted to the Federal eRulemaking Portal, Docket ID: FEMA-2021-0024

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Application Period for BRIC, FMA Grant Programs Closes Jan. 28

 

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grants provide funds to states, local communities, tribes and territories for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness. These programs fund projects that invest in a more resilient nation, reduce disaster suffering and avoid future disaster costs.

 

Applications are due no later than 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 28. Applications received by FEMA after this deadline will not be considered for funding. Subapplicants should touch base with their respective State Hazard Mitigation Officer to ask about project priorities and additional application requirements or deadlines for submitting information.

 

The funding notices are available on Grants.gov. Eligible applicants must apply for funding using FEMA Grants Outcomes (FEMA GO), the agency’s grants management system.

 

For more information visit FEMA.gov.

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FEMA Seeks Public Comment for Updated Public Assistance Policy

 

FEMA recently released the “Public Assistance Appeals and Arbitration Policy” that clarifies changes to procedures, roles and responsibilities concerning Public Assistance appeals and arbitrations resulting from revisions to 44 C.F.R. 206.206. The policy was originally published in the Federal Register on Aug.16, 2021.

 

FEMA requests comments on the draft policy by 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 19. The policy applies to all FEMA stakeholders, including all regions, Public Assistance grant recipients and applicants.

 

FEMA requests that all comments be submitted using the accompanying comment matrix to FEMA-Recovery-PA-Policy@fema.dhs.gov.

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FEMA BRIC Direct Technical Assistance Application Period Now Open

 

FEMA seeks to provide non-financial Direct Technical Assistance to a maximum of 20 communities to support mitigation outcomes of the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program. This announcement was first made in the Fiscal Year 2021 BRIC funding opportunity.

 

Applicants must email one letter of interest not exceeding two pages by 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 28 to FEMA-BRICDirectTechnicalAssistance@fema.dhs.gov. Additional details are available on FEMA.gov. Information with examples can be reviewed in the Program Support Material on FEMA.gov.

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