Mecklenburg County has been awarded $135,975 to help supplement local emergency food and shelter efforts.


The funds were awarded through the State Set-Aside process under Phase 35 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Congress has appropriated $120,000,000 to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs. With the receipt of the $120,000,000 for use in FY 2015 (Phase 35), the EFSP National Board has again reserved a portion of the funds for the State Set-Aside process. This process allows for additional flexibility in selecting jurisdictions for funding.


This state funding comes after Mecklenburg County received the disappointing news that it did not meet the established thresholds to receive direct Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In previous years, Mecklenburg County received over $500,000 in direct funding from the national program. The State Set-Aside Committee considers jurisdictions which have documented measures of need that are not adequately reflected in unemployment or poverty data, areas experiencing drastic economic changes such as plant closings, and areas with high levels of unemployment or poverty which do not meet the minimum level of unemployment to qualify under the National Board’s formula.


A local EFSP board facilitated by United Way of Central Carolinas will determine how the funds are to be distributed to area service providers of emergency food and shelter programs in the county.


Eligible organizations must:

1) be a private, voluntary non-profit or unit of government, 2) eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.


Qualifying organizations wishing to apply should contact Janelle Martin at 704-371-6336 or to request an application.


Applications Must Be Postmarked No Later Than July 6, 2018.