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EFSP Phase 35

Niagara County has been allocated $107,653.00 of federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county under Phase 35. These funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Agency under The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-needed areas around the country. The Local Board will determine how the funds awarded to Niagara County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. As well as 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 must be private voluntary non-profits or units of government to be eligible to receive Federal funds and have an accounting system. As well as practicing nondiscrimination and have demonstrated the ability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs. Also, if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Niagara County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Catholic Charities of Buffalo; Community Missions of Niagara Frontier; Heart, Love and Soul; Niagara Community Action Program; Salvation Army Lockport; The Salvation Army Niagara Falls; Tonawanda and Lockport; Sister Helen's Pantry; Society of St. Vincent DePaul Buffalo; and St. John de LaSalle Church. These agencies were responsible for providing meals and nights of lodging throughout the county.

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.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Connie Brown, United Way of Greater Niagara, 6420 Inducon Drive W, Suite B2, Sanborn, NY 14132, (716)731-4580.