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United Way of Lancaster County Awards Funds for Local Food and Shelter Programs

August 22, 2017
Lancaster County has been awarded $197,574 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county through the Phase 34 Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). EFSP funds are used for mass shelter, mass feeding programs, one-month utility payments to prevent service disconnections, and one-month rent assistance to prevent evictions or help people leaving shelters to establish stable living conditions.
To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, an organization must:
Be a 501(c)(3) non-profit or agency of government
Be eligible to receive Federal funds
Have an accounting annual audit or financial review conducted each year in accordance with Government Auditing Standards
Have a Federal Employer Identification Number
Have a Data Universal Number System 
Practice non-discrimination
Have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
Have a voluntary board
Eligible organizations may request funding amounts up to $50,000. The EFSP funding is meant to supplement and expand current resources. Funding decisions are made by the EFSP Local Board. Organizations receiving grants this year are: Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, Elizabethtown College, The Factory Ministries, Hands Across the Street – Columbia Presbyterian Church, Lancaster County Council of Churches, Tabor Community Services, United Way of Lancaster County, and YWCA of Lancaster County.
“It is important for us to maintain a support system for Lancaster County families and individuals,” said Sue Suter, United Way of Lancaster County President and CEO. “"Food and housing assistance programs are a lifeline for many families in our county and these federal dollars provide food for their tables and a roof over their heads. The EFSP funding will assist United Way and our partners in our goal of reducing poverty in Lancaster County by 50% over the next 10 years.”
“These funds are crucial to our ability to provide shelter to survivors of Domestic Violence and their children.  No one should have to choose between being victimized and homelessness,” said Dan Jurman, CEO of the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County. “Thanks in part to this funding, the people who come to us through Domestic Violence Services don’t have to.” 
“EFSP funding increases Tabor’s capacity to provide the much-needed emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness,” adds Roger Steffy, Vice President for Programs at Tabor Community Services.
The EFSP was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, to help people with economic (not disaster-related) emergencies. The EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping people struggling with food insecurity and homelessness.
About United Way of Lancaster County 
For more than 90 years United Way of Lancaster County has helped make change happen across Lancaster County by providing opportunities for community members to give, advocate, and volunteer. United Way’s Community Impact Fund focuses donor investments that address the underlying causes of the County’s most serious problems and work to achieve four bold goals. By 2025, United Way is marshalling resources so that (1) Every child will enter kindergarten ready to learn, (2) All adults will have the necessary post-secondary credentials they need to get a good job, (3) We will cut Lancaster’s poverty rate in half and (4) Everyone will have a medical home. In addition to offering a 2-1-1 information and referral service, a volunteer center, and free tax preparation services for low income workers, United Way fosters collaborations between nonprofit organizations, healthcare providers, schools, faith-based groups, businesses, and government. United Way and its supporters create lasting change in Lancaster County, achieving results that no single organization or sector could accomplish alone.