United Way announces funding for local food and shelter programs

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 $136,100 to agencies in New London County for Phase 39 and an additional $420,654 through EFSP’s Phase ARPA-R.

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).

AWARDS FOR EFSP PHASE 38 TOTALING $136,100

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
  • Martin House $3,500
  • Safe Futures Inc $5,000
RENT/MORTGAGE – Up to three months of past due rent or mortgage payment; first month’s rent, or lot fee for a mobile home.
  • Always Home Inc $7,500
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Norwich Inc $7,000
  • City of Norwich $7,500
  • Thames Valley Council for Community Action Inc $6,000
  • The Salvation Army, New London $2,000
  • The Salvation Army, Norwich $2,000
  • Town of Groton, Department of Human Services $5,000
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 CT $5,000
  • Waterford Youth & Family Services $2,500
OTHER FOOD - Food purchases for food banks and/or food pantries.
  • Gemma E. Moran United Way / Labor Food Bank $17,423
  • Madonna Place Inc $3,000
  • New London Area Food Coalition, Inc. $4,500
  • Riverfront Children’s Center $2,000
  • Reliance Health $5,000
  • Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center $3,000
  • Lee Memorial United Methodist Church $3,000
  • 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. $8,843
AWARDS FOR EFSP PHASE ARPA-R TOTALING $420,654
MASS SHELTER - Direct expenses associated with providing on-site housing at a mass shelter facility that has five beds or more in one location.
  • Safe Futures Inc $10,000
RENT/MORTGAGE – Up to three months of past due rent or mortgage payment; first month’s rent, or lot fee for a mobile home.
  • Always Home Inc $15,000
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Norwich Inc $10,000
  • Jewish Federation of Eastern CT $10,000
  • Thames Valley Council for Community Action Inc $18,000
  • The Salvation Army, New London $5,000
  • Town of Groton, Department of Human Services $10,000
  • New London Homeless Hospitality $97,204
  • Town of Colchester Youth & Social Services $10,000
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).
  • The Salvation Army $2,500
  • Waterford Youth & Family Services $2,500
OTHER FOOD - Food purchases for food banks and/or food pantries.
  • Gemma E. Moran United Way / Labor Food Bank $74,000
  • Madonna Place Inc $2,500
  • New London Area Food Coalition, Inc. $16,000
  • Riverfront Children’s Center $2,000
  • Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries $5,000
  • FRESH New London $15,000
  • UCFS Healthcare $20,000
  • Whalers Helping Whalers $25,000
  • Lee Memorial United Methodist Church $10,000
SERVED MEALS - Food used to prepare and serve meals at mass feeding sites.
  • St Vincent de Paul Place, Norwich, Inc. $40,000
  • The New London Community Meal Center Inc. $10,000
  • Martin House $10,950
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT
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 make an impact in four areas: Basic Needs; Community Wellness; Promoting Independence; and Thriving Children.
 
United Way operates the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center which provides food to a network of free emergency food programs in New London County and a Mobile Pantry, 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.
 
ABOUT THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM
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.
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