Funds available for emergency food, shelter aid

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 10:25 AM

Union County has been awarded $85,533 under Phase 31 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to help supplement local emergency food and shelter efforts. 

The award was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.  EFSP funds are Federal funds made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is based upon the Union County jurisdiction’s total number of unemployed as compared to the total number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions.  In total, Congress has appropriated $113,805,031 via EFSP this year.

A local EFSP board facilitate by the United Way of Central Carolinas will determine how the funds are to be distributed to area service providers of emergency food and shelter programs in the county. 

Eligible organizations must:

1) be a private, voluntary non-profit or unit of government, 2) eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. 

Qualifying organizations wishing to apply should contact the United Way for an application by calling 704-283-1537.

Applications Must Be Postmarked No Later Than November 4, 2013.