Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

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The Arizona State Set-Aside Committee will be administering Phase 34  in Apache and Navajo Counties.

 

Phoenix, AZ, September 1, 2017 – The Arizona State Set-Aside Committee of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is requesting proposals for funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Navajo and Apache Counties for Phase 34. The amount of funding to be allocated for Phase 34 in Navajo County is $67,443.00; in Apache County, $45,870.00.  The selection of jurisdictions receiving awards is made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. Funding is made available by a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The Arizona State Set-Aside Committee of EFSP will allocate the funds received to eligible agencies through this program that will expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in Navajo and Apache Counties.  The Arizona State Set-Aside Committee, made up of representatives of Arizona government, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, the Native American Community, United Way of America, the Association of Arizona Food Banks and the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, will determine how the funds awarded to Navajo and Apache Counties are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area through an online proposal process. The State Set-Aside Committee is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program to the National Board Program.  The WHEAT organization is the acting administrative agency for the Arizona State Set-Aside Committee for Phase 34.

Local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  • be 501 (c)(3) non-profits or units of government,
  • have an accounting system,
  • practice non-discrimination,
  • have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs,
  • and if they are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, have a voluntary board.

The Arizona State Set-Aside Committee will consider the awarding of funds to local organizations for the following purposes:

  • Food, in the form of served meals or groceries (food boxes),
  • Lodging in a mass shelter,
  • One month’s rent or mortgage payment.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.  Individuals cannot apply for this money.  If an agency works in both Navajo and Apache Counties, that agency will need to submit a proposal(s) for each County.

 

Agencies interested in applying for funding in Phase 34 must email or call WHEAT at wheat@HungerHurts.org  602/955.5076 for a Password and User ID to access the online application form.  The online application will open on Friday, September 1, 2017.  The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, September 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Allocation of the funds will be made on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 beginning at 9 am at The Salvation Army, 2707 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona. This meeting is open to the public.  Questions concerning this process may be directed to WHEAT by email wheat@HungerHurts.org or by telephone at 602/955.5076.

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WHEAT  (www.HungerHurts.org) is a statewide anti-hunger organization staffing the Arizona State Set-Aside Committee of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

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WHEAT staffs and administers the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in Maricopa County, as well as the Arizona State Set-Aside Committee.  Visit the local site for more information at EFSP Maricopa County Local Board

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.  The funding is made available to local jurisdictions by a National Board that is chaired by a FEMA representative with national representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, and United Way of America.

When a jurisdiction (Maricopa County) is funded, the Local Board must advertise the availability of funds. Local organizations, whether nonprofit or governmental, may apply. The Maricopa County Board is made up of representatives reflecting the National Board and solicits proposals through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process from qualifying organizations and then determines how funds allocated to Maricopa County by the National Board are to be distributed.

The Local Board is responsible for considering all applications, and for determining which organizations will receive funds. The Local Board also determines which services are funded. There is no national application process.

Once a Local Board Plan is submitted and approved for allocation of funds, funding passes directly from the National EFSP program to the local agencies that are awarded funding through the Local process.

Local Recipient Organizations chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits (with a voluntary board) or units of government; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.  All qualified organizations are urged to apply when funding is made available through a local RFP process.

How Are Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds Used?

Program funds are used to provide the following in Maricopa County:

  • Food, in the form of served meals and food boxes.
  • Lodging in a mass shelter.
  • One month’s rent payment for first month’s or late month’s rent.

EFSP Agency Eligibility Criteria

  1. The organization must be a non-profit, 501(c)(3) or an agency of government;
  2. The organization must have an accounting system and conduct an  independent annual audit;
  3. The organization must practice non-discrimination;
  4. If a religious organization, the organizations agrees not to refuse services to an applicant based upon religion; requiring attendance  at religious services; and engaging in any religious proselytizing in any program receiving EFSP funds;
  5. If the organization is a private voluntary organization it must have a voluntary board;
  6. The agency must be handicap accessible.

All qualified organizations are urged to apply when funding is made available through the local RFP process.

When an EFSP Request For Proposals process is open, there will be an announcement on this website and also in local newspapers. Please follow the directions in the announcement to begin the application process.

To be alerted via email on RFP openings in the future, please send an email to info@efsp-maricopa.org, with ADD TO EFSP INFO LIST, in the Subject Line.