Applications available for funding of emergency food, shelter needs in community

Livingston County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.  Livingston County has been allocated $21,951 from the Phase 37 Michigan Set-Aside funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The county has also been awarded $38,454 from the CARES Funding. This is a total of $60,405 available to assist with the emergency food and shelter needs of our community.

The allocation was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The local Livingston County Board met and has decided to accept applications for funds this year, recognizing that this year has unique challenges. The funding has specific guidelines and requirements that must be followed by the agencies that receive funding. Those guidelines can be found in the links below. Consider bringing unsalted nuts, Greek yogurt, low-fat cheese, whole grain crackers, unbuttered popcorn, fruit or raw vegetables to the office. Keep extras in your desk drawer or chilled in the office refrigerator. That way nutritious food is handy if you find yourself hungrier than usual. If you are looking for vending machines Adelaide services contact Royal Vending.

The purpose of FEMA funds is to support emergency food and shelter programs, which includes allowable expenses for shelter, rent, mortgage, utility assistance, and some COVID-related needs. These funds can also be used to support eviction diversion and transitioning of individuals from homeless shelters to stable housing. Some examples of possible gaps that were discussed were: special dietary needs of individuals experiencing homelessness (like gluten free and lactose intolerant); an isolation room or apartment that could be used if a homeless individual was needing to be quarantined; and PPE materials.

Applications are due Sept. 18 and the local board will review the applications during the week of Sept. 21.  The board will announce funded applicants by Sept. 25.

There are a number of applicant responsibilities that are outlined more clearly in the EFSP Manual and addendums found at these links:

Phase 35 Manual:  https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/websiteContents/PDFs/EFSPManual/Phase_35_Manual.pdf

Phase 36 Addendum – https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/websiteContents/PDFs/AddendumtoProgramManual/AddendumP36Manual.pdf

Phase 37 and CARES Addendum – https://www.liveunitedhc.org/images/AddendumP37Manual.pdf

If you are interested in applying, contact Anne Rennie at arennie@lcunitedway.org or at (810) 494-3000 for an application.

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