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Emergency Food & Shelter Program Awards Announced

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) supplements the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, to help people with economic emergencies (non-disaster-related). EFSP funds are used to supplement feeding, sheltering, rent/mortgage or utility assistance efforts for programs already in existence. Funding is made available by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency and administered locally by United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. Funding amounts are determined nationally by a board chaired by FEMA. This year the Emergency Food and Shelter Program allocated a total of $117,636 to agencies in New London county.

A Local Board is charged with distributing these funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas within the county. The Local Board reviews applications requesting funds in the following priority areas: rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, mass shelter costs, other shelter, and mass feeding (served meals or food pantry).

The national Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created in 1983 as a program to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies. The program is typically supported by local United Ways throughout the country. United Way of Southeastern Connecticut has been the local administrator for EFSP for more than 20 years. United Way does not make funding decisions, but carries out the administrative requirements of the program. During its years of operation nationally, the program has disbursed more than $3.3 billion nationally.

This year’s awards are as follows: