Emergency Food and Shelter Funding Announced

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) supplements the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, to help people with economic emergencies (non-disaster-related). EFSP funds are used to supplement feeding, sheltering, rent/mortgage or utility assistance efforts for programs already in existence. Funding is made available by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered locally by United Way of Southeastern Connecticut.

Funding amounts are determined nationally by a board chaired by FEMA. This year the Emergency Food and Shelter Program allocated a total of $119,984 to agencies in New London County.
A Local Board is charged with distributing these funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas within the county. The Local Board reviews applications requesting funds in the following priority areas: rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, mass shelter costs, other shelter, and mass feeding (served meals or food pantry).

MASS SHELTER - Direct expenses associated with providing on-site housing at a mass shelter facility that has five beds or more in one location.

  • Covenant Shelter of New London, Inc. $12,500
  • New London Homeless Hospitality Center, Inc $13,834
  • Reliance Health Inc $5,000
  • Safe Futures Inc $5,000
RENT/MORTGAGE - One month of past due rent or mortgage payment; first month’s rent, or lot fee for a mobile home.
  • Always Home Inc $3,000
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Norwich Inc $7,000
  • City of Norwich $10,000
  • Thames Valley Council for Community Action Inc $6,000
  • The Salvation Army, New London $2,000
  • Town of Groton, Department of Human Services $2,000
UTILITIES - Past due bill, or current bill of a metered or non-metered utility due within 10 days (gas, electricity, oil, water, reconnect fees or one-time delivery of firewood, coal, or propane).
  • Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut $5,000
OTHER FOOD - Food purchases for food banks and/or food pantries.
  • Gemma E. Moran United Way / Labor Food Bank $15,150
  • Madonna Place Inc $3,000
  • New London Area Food Coalition, Inc. $4,500
  • Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center $3,000
  • Riverfront Children's Center $2,000
  • St. James Episcopal Church $3,000
 SERVED MEALS - Food used to prepare and serve meals at mass feeding sites.
  • St Vincent de Paul Place, Norwich, Inc. $10,000
  • The New London Community Meal Center Inc. $8,000
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a locally-based non-profit organization supporting a network of health and human services, programs, and initiatives in New London County that work together to help people in need and improve community conditions. Supported programs include early care and education, child development, employment training, physical and mental health care, crisis intervention, shelter, employment training, emergency/disaster preparation, and response and recovery service.
United Way operates the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank which provides food to free emergency food programs, at no cost to those in need. United Way supports 2-1-1 Connecticut for free information and referral 24/7 and Project Warm-up for one-time, emergency heating assistance. Visit United Way online at www.uwsect.org to get involved.
The national Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created in 1983 as a program to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies. The program is typically supported by local United Ways throughout the country. United Way of Southeastern Connecticut has been the local administrator for EFSP for more than twenty years. United Way does not make funding decisions but carries out the administrative requirements of the program.