United Way accepting emergency food and shelter applications

United Way is accepting applications for their Emergency Food and Shelter Program. They prepared the following information:

United Way of St. Joseph County is announcing that applications are being accepted for St. Joseph County agencies for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

EFSP funds are earmarked for local nonprofit organizations that support essential services that help hungry and homeless families and those in immediate crisis.

Emergency Food and Shelter funds are unique because they assist families up to 250% of the poverty level and typically most assistance caps at 150% poverty. These dollars are critical for the underemployed and newly unemployed families in our community since this particular population traditionally has difficulty gaining needed assistance.

The EFSP is a Federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that supplements and expands ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for hungry and homeless people across the nation. FEMA chairs the National Board, and United Way Worldwide is the fiscal agent and staff for the program.

For more information on EFSP funding or to download the application, please visit www.uwsjc.org.

To apply, turn in 10 hard copies of the completed application to Barbara Turner at the United Way offices (1237 E Jefferson, South Bend), and email an electronic copy of the completed application to turner@uwsjc.org by November 11.

This grant is one of the services provided through UWSJC's Pro$perity Building Campaign, which works to provide hard working families with opportunities and tools to build their financial assets.

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