The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) announced the recipients of EFSP federal funds. The EFSP is a program that was created by Congress to assist with meeting the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States. These allocated federal funds are used for the provision of food and shelter. Local organizations use these funds to provide food, lodging, rent and mortgage assistance, utility bill assistance or for equipment needed to provide these services.
These federal funds will be put directly into our community. For this year, there are ten local agencies that were awarded these funds. Those agencies include:
- Abundant Faith Ministries
- Compass for Kids, Inc.
- Contact Ministries
- First Presbyterian Church
- Helping Hands of Springfield
- Senior Services of Central Illinois
- Sojourn Shelter and Services
- Springfield Urban League
- The Salvation Army
- United Way of Central Illinois
- Youth Service Bureau
At United Way, we provide EFSP with data from the service number 2-1-1 to help determine which organizations need the federal funds the most. 2-1-1 is a phone number that connects individuals with resources in our community, like the organizations listed above, to get them help when they need it most. 2-1-1 offers access to a broad range of services including rent assistance, food banks, affordable housing, health resources, child care, after-school programs, elderly care, financial literacy and job training programs. For the last several months, 2-1-1 in Sangamon and Menard Counties have received almost 500 calls about issues like utility assistance, homeless shelter/services, rent assistance and food pantries/food services. Data from these calls were used by the local EFSP board to connect to the true needs in our community.
To learn more about our work and the positive impacts made in our community, click here to view our 2019 Community Impact Report.