Texas awarded more than $12.4 million in federal funds for emergency food and shelter program.
Houston County Courier - January 2010
DENTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that more than $12.4 million has been awarded to Texas non-profit agencies and others by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).
Houston County is designated to receive $10,622 that will be distributed to local non-profit organizations by the Houston county Emergency food and Shelter Board in the next few months..
Federal funds totaling $200 million were made available to the EFSP for Fiscal Year 2010 to bring immediate relief to communities to address unemployment, poverty and other needs in light of the economic climate faced by our country.
The EFSP is administered by a National Board of voluntary agencies chaired by FEMA.
The National Board qualifies local jurisdictions for annual EFSP awards based on criteria involving current population, unemployment, and poverty levels.
Local Boards, convened in the qualifying jurisdictions, decide which nonprofit and government agencies are to receive the awarded funds, and funds are then disbursed directly to the agencies by the National Board.
EFSP funds were first authorized by Congress in 1983 and are appropriated annually under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
With the FY 2010 allocation, more than $3.6 billion in federal aid will have been disbursed through the EFSP since its inception.
In addition, 8 percent of the year’s total EFSP appropriation will be allocated by the National Board to “set-aside committees” at the state level.
These State Set-Aside Committees will make funding determinations to aid the needy in jurisdictions with increased needs or that did not otherwise qualify for assistance.
In each funded jurisdiction, a Local Board advertises the availability of the funds, establishes local priorities, selects local non-profit and government agencies to receive supplemental funding, and monitors program compliance.
Member agencies of the National Board include: American Red Cross; Catholic Charities USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide.
Information on the EFSP grants for FY 2010 (“Phase 28” of the EFSP) is available on their website at www.efsp.unitedway.org