Federal Funds Available for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs

Bristol County has been awarded federal funds to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP). The federal department responsible for this program is the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – these are not state/county government or United Way Funds. United Way of Greater New Bedford serves as the local manager for Bristol County.

This year, EFSP (Phase 35) has awarded the Bristol County Emergency Food and Shelter Program $232,847. Applications from organizations in the specific categories of emergency food, emergency shelter, rent /mortgage assistance and utility assistance are now being accepted. Completed applications are due on July 20th no later than 4pm at the United Way of Greater New Bedford, 128 Union St., Suite 105, New Bedford.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must: (1) be nonprofit; (2) have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit; (3) practice nondiscrimination; (4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and (5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply. Any applicant who services clients from more than one of the four major cities in Bristol County must submit a separate budget for each city. The four cities are: Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton.

If you have any questions, please direct your inquiries to Michelle N. Hantman, 508-994-9625, ext. 212 or mhantman@unitedwayofgnb.org