Emergency Food and Shelter Program

 

The Jewish Federations of North America ("JFNA," formerly United Jewish Communities "UJC") is leading a call of action regarding Fiscal Year 2011 ("FY 2011") funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program ("EFSP").  United Way Worldwide supports this call to action and we encourage you to contact your federal representatives in support of maintaining $200 million in EFSP funding for FY 2011.

EFSP meets the needs of hungry and homeless people, and those at risk of becoming homeless due to emergency and/or economic downturn, by allocating federal funds to supplement the work of local angencies providing food, shelter, and utility assistance. The Government Accountability Office found that EFSP is "the only source of funding for the prevention of homelessness" in most parts of the country and recommended strengthening the program through increased federal investment. The Jewish Federations, in FY2009, successfully led efforts to increase the annual program allocation from $153 million to the current level of program funding of $200 million.

In the midst of the prolonged economic downturn, funding for the EFSP is at risk of being cut by as much as $100 million (50%). Please contact your Senators and Representative to educate them on the needs in your community, and the gaps in resources and services. Strongly urge them to contact the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittees to convey strong opposition to any funding cuts to the EFSP program in fiscal year 2011.

For more information regarding Emergency Food Shelter and Program Advocacy, please contact Robert Goldberg, JFNA, Senior Director of Legislative Affairs, at Rod.Goldberg@jewishfederations.org

 

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