Community volunteers recently distributed $106,386 in federal government Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds to Weld County human services organizations.

The Weld County EFSP local board, chaired by United Way of Weld County, determines how funds are distributed. The local board consists of representatives from the community, local government, and nonprofits, and is responsible for recommending funding based on applications submitted. Awarded funds may be used to serve vulnerable populations with served meals, other food, mass shelter, other temporary shelter, supplies, building repairs, rent/mortgage assistance, and utilities assistance.

The funding will go to 10 nonprofits that serve areas throughout Weld County, including A Woman’s Place, Almost Home, Catholic Charities, Greeley Family House, Hope @ Miracle House, Reachout Ministries, The Salvation Army, Stepping Stones of Windsor, United Way of Weld County and Weld Food Bank. Each organization assists Weld County residents with an emergency food or shelter need such as emergency food, overnight shelter, warm meals or rental assistance.

“Local nonprofit organizations use the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to assist some of our most vulnerable and increasingly at-risk Weld County neighbors,” said Lyle SmithGraybeal, vice president of community impact with United Way of Weld County. “An understanding of community challenges as shared by the nonprofits themselves gives volunteers what they need to invest these resources. As compared with the last time decisions were made in 2018, this year volunteers chose to provide more funding for homelessness prevention efforts such as rental and food assistance. This makes sense. As the price of rental housing continues to increase, even stably employed families become more at risk of losing their homes. As such, it becomes vitally important to do more to prevent homelessness before it occurs. The local board of volunteers discerned this programmatic opportunity and chose to support it with this funding.”

Established in 1983 and part of the US Department of Homeland Security, the EFSP supplements the capacity of local agencies in providing emergency food and shelter to households facing a crisis situation. The program is overseen by a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, that consists of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide.

In its 36-year history, through EFSP local United Ways have facilitated the distribution of over $4 billion to more than 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country.

Please contact Lyle SmithGraybeal at lyle@unitedway-weld.org or (970) 304-6199 for more information.