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April 7, 2015
Federal program administered locally by United Way of Larimer County
More than $124,000 will be distributed to local nonprofits in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park as a result of the latest round of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funding.
EFSP is a Federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program has been entrusted through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (PL 100-77) “to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food, and supportive services” for hungry and homeless people across the nation.
United Way of Larimer County administers the program on a local level to ensure the federal requirements are met. United Way convenes the EFSP Local Board, which is responsible for advertising the availability of funds, establishing local priorities, selecting the nonprofit and government agencies to receive EFSP funding, and monitoring program compliance.
“EFSP is a great example of United Way's ability to leverage additional resources into our community,” said Marcy Yoder, chair of the EFSP Local Board and Vice President of Community Impact for United Way of Larimer County. “EFSP funds will help local families put food on the table, have a roof over their heads, and have a chance at finding stability in their lives.”
This most recent found of local EFSP funding is labeled Phase 32 and represents a 10% increase over Phase 31, which was distributed in November 2013.The spending period for EFSP Phase 32 funding is March 27 to October 31, 2015.
Members of the EFSP Local Board include representatives fromAmerican Red Cross, Catholic Charities, City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland, Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park, Crossroads Safehouse, Food Bank for Larimer County, Fort Collins Area Interfaith Council, Homeward 2020, House of Neighborly Service, Larimer County Department of Human Development, Neighbor to Neighbor, Salvation Army, local Jewish Federation, and representatives of the local homeless population.
Local organizations that provide food, shelter and supportive services were invited to apply for EFSP funding. A subcommittee of the EFSP Local Board, made up of individuals and organizations that did not apply for funding, reviewed applications and made funding decisions.
The percentage distributions for food, utilities, and shelter were determined by the committee based on current community conditions and known unmet needs. When making funding decisions, the committee placed a priority on providing coverage to the entire county, while also considering population distribution and numbers of people served.
The following organizations were awarded EFSP funding:
Total Award Amount to Larimer County - $127,246
Administrative Allowance (included as part of the award, 2% maximum) to United Way of Larimer County - $2,545
Remaining for Distribution - $124,701
30% to Food - $37,410
Food Bank for Larimer County - $20,000
House of Neighborly Service - $7,710
Catholic Charities (served meals) - $7,700
Salvation Army - $2,000
7% to Utilities - $8,729
Catholic Charities - $5,300
Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park - $3,429
63% to Shelter - $78,562
Neighbor to Neighbor - $19,612
Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park - $3,500
Catholic Charities - $27,300
Crossroads Safehouse - $23,150
House of Neighborly Service - $5,000
Larimer County residents needing access to these funded services can dial 2-1-1 (or 970-407-7066 from a cell phone) or contact the funded agency directly.
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