Coffee County has been awarded $33,769 under Phase 39 & 40 of the Emergency
Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) and $49,953 through EFSP ARPAR to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. EFSP Phase 39, 40, & ARPAR funding is for the period of November 1, 2021 – December 31, 2024.
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of
representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America,
The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide.
The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help
expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
The Local Board, made up of representatives from the American Red Cross, local
government, The Salvation Army, United Way of Highway 55, and others, will
determine how the funds awarded to Coffee County are distributed among the
emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.
The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds
and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to
receive funds must 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice
nondiscrimination, 4) must not charge a fee for service 5) have demonstrated the
capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, may not require
religious/counseling services, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization,
they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
The EFSP was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance
Act (P.L. 100-77 signed into law on July 24, 1987, since renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and subsequently reauthorized under P.L. 100-628, signed into law on November 7, 1988). Since 1983, in its 39-year history, the EFSP will have distributed over $5.67 billion to over 14,000 human
service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country through this
collaborative effort between the private and public sectors.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and
Shelter Program funding should contact Ashley Abraham at the United Way of
Highway 55 at 931-455-5678 or Director@highway55unitedway.org for an application. The deadline to
apply is 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2024. Find the application link below: