Alcona County and Montmorency County have been awarded funds through the State Set-Aside (SSA) process under Phase CARES of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Congress has appropriated $120 million to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs. With the receipt of the $120 million for use in FY 2019 (phase CARES), the EFSP National Board has again reserved a portion of the funds for the SSA process. This process allows for additional flexibility in selecting jurisdictions for funding. Alcona County has received $7,010 and Montmorency County received $9,630.
Alcona County’s Local Board and Montmorency County’s Local Board will allocate the money to fund existing programs in compliance with EFSP national standards that assist resident with emergency food, shelter and utility payments. Each county’s Local Board is made up of representatives from food pantries, charitable groups, human service agencies, government and local churches.
Under terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funding must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice non-discrimination, 5) have 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 agencies are urged to apply.
Organizations interested in applying for EFSP funds should contact United Way of Northeast Michigan, administrator of EFSP funds, at 989-354-2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are available from the United Way or online at www.unitedwaynemi.org., click on News. Deadline for applications is Thursday, August 27, 2020.