Washington, D.C. – August 21, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Representative David Price (NC-04), the Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that North Carolina localities will receive a total of $4,256,449 in grants from the Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to combat hunger and homelessness. In the Fourth District, Durham County will receive $117,570 through the grant program. Orange County will receive $47,032. A full list of EFSP allocations to North Carolina counties is available here.
“I’m very pleased to announce this funding because the Emergency Food and Shelter Program is a great help to cities and counties across North Carolina,” Rep. Price said. “In the Fourth District, we are very fortunate to have several community-based organizations combating hunger and homelessness. EFSP funding empowers these organizations providing them with additional resources to help those with nowhere else to turn.”
EFSP funding supports social services agencies in cities and counties across the country, helping the agencies feed and shelter the nation’s hungry and homeless. EFSP funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage, and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies. Local boards convened in qualifying jurisdictions will decide which non-profit and government agencies receive allocated funds.
EFSP is administered by a National Board of voluntary agencies chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The National Board qualifies local jurisdictions for annual EFSP allocations based on criteria involving current population, unemployment, and poverty levels. Other board members include the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, the Jewish Federations of North America, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, the Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide. This is the 29th year the program has awarded grants.