Emergency Food and Shelter Program
United Way of Central Minnesota facilitates the local board of the Emergency Food and Shelter program (EFSP) for Stearns, Benton, and Sherburne Counties. The local board, run by committed volunteers, reviews funding proposals for federal EFSP dollars and makes allocation recommendations to the national board. Local priority areas are emergency rent/mortgage and emergency shelters.
Benton, Stearns and Sherburne counties will receive $214,014 this year, a 35% increase from last year. The Emergency Food & Shelter Program National Board allocated an additional $102,072 in federal funding for Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These funds were allocated by the local EFSP board to local organizations experienced greater needs to emergency rent/mortgage and homeless shelters due to heightened levels of job loss.
Last year, the area board allocated $159,008 in funding to six organizations that provide direct assistance to people in need: The Housing Coalition of St. Cloud Area, The Salvation Army, Tri-County Action Program, Place of Hope, Anna Marie’s Alliance and CAER Center in Elk River. These funds helped provide 113 low-income households with emergency rent/mortgage payments that helped people stay in their current housing. In addition, 7,527 nights of stay were provided at emergency shelters for men, women, and children.