January 07, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.2 Million In Economic Recovery Act Funding For Emergency Food And Shelter Program Across Upstate New York, Funds Will Help People In Need Of Assistance

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Will Provide Over $4.2 Million to Counties Across Upstate New York for FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program

In midst of brutal cold weather, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will allocate a total of $4,243,584 for counties across Upstate 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.

“During these tough economic times, it is critical that we provide for our struggling families,” said Senator Schumer. “This program will give residents across Upstate New York access to shelter, food and housing assistance. During this winter season it is more important than ever to feed the hungry and house our most vulnerable families.”

“This is great news for children and families across New York,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal dollars will help deliver good meals and provide a roof over their head for families who desperately need it in these though economic times.”

The EFSP, which will commemorate its twenty-seventh year in fiscal year 2010, is administered by a National Board of voluntary agencies chaired by FEMA.  The National Board qualifies local jurisdictions for annual EFSP awards based on criteria involving current population, unemployment, and poverty levels

EFSP funds were first authorized by Congress in 1983 and are appropriated annually under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  With the FY 2010 allocation, more than $3.6 billion in federal aid will have been disbursed through the EFSP since its inception.

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.

Funding will be allocated as follows:

 

Capital Region:

Albany County will receive $156,361

Fulton County will receive $39,179

Greene County will receive $29,789

Montgomery County will receive $34,862

Rensselaer County will receive $91,814

Schenectady County will receive $81,192

Schoharie County will receive $20,888

 

Central New York:

Cayuga County will receive $51,299

Cortland County will receive $33,023

Oneida County will receive $121,083

Onondaga County will receive $262,075

Oswego County will receive $87,942

 

Hudson Valley:                      

Dutchess County will receive $161,672

Orange County will receive $206,118

Rockland County will receive $155,367

Sullivan County will receive $46,285

Ulster County will receive $102,347

Westchester County will receive $507,802

 

North Country:                                  

Clinton County will receive $55,750

Essex County will receive $25,398

Franklin County will receive $29,729

Herkimer County will receive $36,999

Jefferson County will receive $64,384

Lewis County will receive $16,986

St. Lawrence County will receive $72,706

 

Rochester Finger Lakes Area:

Monroe County will receive $433,093

Seneca County will receive $19,375

Yates County will receive $13,114

 

Southern Tier:

Allegany County will receive $30,916

Broome will receive $117,345

Chemung County will receive $54,459

Chenango County will receive $32,459

Delaware County will receive $28,409

Otsego County will receive $35,159

Schuyler County will receive $12,491

Steuben County will receive $66,164

Tompkins County will receive $46,493

 

Western New York:

Cattaraugus County will receive $53,703

Chautauqua County will receive $80,940

Erie County will receive $568,196

Niagara County will receive $160,218