Friday, November 20, 2020

$140 million will be available to communities to assist with feeding and sheltering

 FEMA Advisory
Emergency Food and Shelter Program Announces Jurisdiction Allocations
FEMA announced that $140 million will be available to communities to assist with feeding and sheltering. The funds were made available by Congress and awarded by FEMA to the National Board for allocation and administration.

The funds will be used to assist social service organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering, and providing critical resources to our nation's hungry and homeless. EFSP funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage, and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies.

In addition to the $125 million authorized by Congress for Fiscal Year 2020, the National Board is including $15 million from funds that have not been used from prior grant years and are now available for reallocation.

The National Board qualifies local jurisdictions for annual EFSP allocations based on criteria involving the latest national population, unemployment, and poverty data. Local boards in qualifying jurisdictions decide which nonprofit and government agencies receive the allocated funds. The funds are then disbursed directly to the agencies by the National Board. Of this year’s allocation, 8% will be made available to State Set-Aside Committees that will make funding determinations to aid people in jurisdictions with needs that may not be reflected in the National Board’s qualifying formula.

The National Board is chaired by FEMA and includes 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.

Information on allocations is available on the National Board’s website at https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/websiteContents/pdfs/Phase38Allocations.pdf. In the next several weeks, the National Board will provide further instructions to each jurisdiction receiving an allocation of funds

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