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Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The United Way of York County has been chosen to receive $100,784 under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in York County.  Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for local Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should contact James Jeter or Elizabeth Starnes at (803) 324-2735.  Completed applications are due no later than noon on May 8, 2018.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; The Jewish Federations of North America; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA; and United Way Worldwide. The National Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

Local Governance
A Local Board made up of representatives from local health and human service organizations, local government, faith community and others will determine how the funds will be distributed. United Way of York County, SC, will then award funds to emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be located in and serve residents of York County, 3) be eligible to receive Federal funds and provide agency Federal Tax ID number and their DUNS number, 4) meet financial accounting standards, 5) practice nondiscrimination, 6) demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, 7) if they are a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board, and 8) meet required documentation and reporting standards for utilization of Federal funds.   Qualifying agencies are encouraged to apply.

Agency Distributions
The Local EFSP Board has designated utility and rent/mortgage assistance based on local needs and to prevent homelessness as priority categories for Phase 35 funding based on United Way's 2-1-1 Information and Referral call center statistics.  The Local Board, facilitated by United Way of York County, SC, determined how the funds are to be distributed to eligible non-profits in York County. 

EFSP funds are to be used to supplement/extend existing resources and not to substitute or reimburse ongoing programs and services.

United Way of York County, SC has previously awarded Emergency Food and Shelter funds to The Salvation Army and Clover Area Assistance Center for utility, rent and mortgage assistance during the past year.

Individuals seeking assistance may dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-892-9211 for United Way of York County's call center to find a participating agency.  Funds will not be distributed from United Way of York County, SC directly to individuals.

Press release April 24, 2018

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