Cumberland County has been awarded $153,890 under Phase 31 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to help supplement and expand local emergency food and shelter programs. Funded agencies use EFSP funds for mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries, food banks and food vouchers, one-month utility payments to prevent service disconnection, one-month rent/mortgage assistance to prevent evictions, and to assist people that leave shelters establish stable living conditions.
The National Board designated United Way of Cumberland County to serve as the administrator to the local board. The local board is comprised of representatives from Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network, Cumberland County Coordinating Council on Older Adults, The Salvation Army, Beth Israel Federated Charities, Catholic Charities, Cumberland County Department of Social Services, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Cumberland County Community Development, American Red Cross, Cumberland County Indian Housing Authority, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville VA Medical Center, and United Way of Cumberland County.
The EFSP Local Board’s responsibility is to:
Local Recipient Organizations chosen to receive funds must:
About the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created with a $50 million federal appropriation under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1983. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. The national 2013 appropriation of $113,805,031brings the total Emergency Food and Shelter Program distribution to more than $3.9 billion over the program’s 31-year history.
Jurisdictions/areas that qualified for funding awards under Phase 31 were selected according to one of the following thresholds: