Wyandotte County has the potential of being awarded federal funds under the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program to assist the homeless and near homeless in 2013-2014. Funding for Phase 31 EFSP funding has been announced and applications are now being accepted.
EFSP is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way of America.
The national board is distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country. Locally, the distribution of funding is administered by United Way of Wyandotte County, which distributes to agencies that have programs providing food pantries, food kitchens, food vouchers, rent and mortgage assistance, and shelter.
Agencies may receive an application by contacting Cassidy Miller at the United Way of Wyandotte County at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-371-3674, Ext. 1333. Applications are due by Nov. 1, 2013. Agencies applying must have, or be willing to obtain, electronic fund transfer capabilities.
After the applications are received, a committee representing community members and local agencies will determine which agencies will be eligible to receive funding.
Agencies receiving funds from the program in 2012 were Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity Foundation, Love Outreach International Ministries, Friends of Yates, Metro Lutheran Ministry, Mt. Carmel Community Outreach, Salvation Army, and Grandview Community Center.