Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will allocate a total of $223,603
to four counties throughout Central New York for
emergency assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s
Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). EFSP funds can be used for a broad
range of services, including mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution
through food pantries and food banks, one-month assistance with rent, mortgage
and utility payments to prevent evictions, and transition assistance from
shelters to stable living conditions. The funding is part of a total of
$5,290,000 for New York State and an additional $307,271 for the State
Set-Aside Program to serve NY areas in need that do not qualify based on
regular FEMA standards.
“During these tough economic times, funding this program
will give needed food and shelter assistance to struggling families
across Central New York,” Schumer said.
“Increasing access to shelter, food and housing assistance will help keep many
Upstate New York families afloat during these tumultuous times. These funds are
a prime example of what the Recovery Act can do and one of the many reasons I
fought so hard to pass the package. During this season it is more
important than ever to feed the hungry and house our most vulnerable
“During these tough economic times, it’s important that
we maintain a support system for the New
York families who need it most,” said Senator
Gillibrand. “Food and housing assistance programs are a lifeline for many
families in Central New York. These federal
dollars provide food for their tables and a roof over their heads. I will continue
to work with Senator Schumer and the New York Congressional Delegation to
ensure New York
continues to receive these critical funds.”
The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was
created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations
within the United States,
both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance.
This collaborative effort between the private and public sectors has provided
over $3.3 billion in Federal funds during its 26-year history.
EFSP uses measures of unemployment and poverty to allocate
the funds it receives from FEMA to city and county jurisdictions around the
country. To serve areas in need that do not qualify based on this formula, the
National Board established the State Set-Aside Program in 1987 to award
additional funds to each state based on a number of extenuating variables,
including recent spikes in unemployment and isolated pockets of homelessness or
poverty, among others.
EFSP funds can be used for a broad range of services,
including mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries
and food banks, one-month assistance with rent, mortgage and utility payments
to prevent evictions, and transition assistance from shelters to stable living conditions.
EFSP’s objectives are to allocate funds to the neediest areas; to ensure fast
response; to foster public-private sector partnerships; to ensure local
decision-making; and to maintain minimal but accountable reporting.
The funding will be allocated as follows:
- Cayuga County will receive
- Cortland County will receive
- Onondaga County will receive
- Oswego County will receive
Today’s ARRA funds come in addition to FEMA’s $200 million annual FY 09
allocation announced in December.