FEMA announces $153 million
homeless aid for 2006
From the Office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
December 22, 2005
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that
federal funds totaling $153 million have been awarded to help
feed and shelter the nation's hungry and homeless.
R. David Paulison, Acting Director of FEMA, said the funding
was made available by Congress for the National Board of the Emergency
Food and Shelter (EFS) Program to support social service agencies
in more than 2,500 cities and counties across the country. EFS
grant funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage
and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related
"On behalf of President Bush, I'm honored to extend the
federal government's helping hand to our nation's most needy people,"
Paulison said. "The dedicated members of the Emergency Food
and Shelter Program again have successfully carried out this worthy
mission. Homeland Security and FEMA are pleased that Congress
has provided a necessary means to help our communities feed the
hungry, assist the poor and shelter the homeless in the coming
The EFS Program, entering its twenty-third year, is administered
by a National Board of voluntary agencies chaired by FEMA. Member
agencies of the National Board include American Red Cross; Catholic
Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in
the USA; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities; and United
Way of America.
The National Board qualifies jurisdictions for annual EFS funding
awards based on criteria involving current population, unemployment
and poverty levels. Grants are awarded to non-profit community
and government organizations that are chosen by local boards in
the qualifying jurisdictions. In addition to direct funding awards,
Paulison said 8% percent of this year's total EFS appropriation
has been set aside by the National Board for state grants to aid
the needy in non-qualifying jurisdictions.
EFS funds were first authorized by Congress in 1983 and are currently
appropriated annually under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance
Act. Paulison noted that with the 2006 allocation, more than $2.8
billion in federal aid has been disbursed through the EFS Program
since its inception.
A state-by-state list of the eligible jurisdictions and award
amounts is available at www.efsp.unitedway.org
FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal
response and recovery efforts following any national incident.
FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders,
works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the
National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.