Catholic Charities of California guides the state allocation process
For more than 10 years, Catholic Charities of California has been a convener and administrator for the California State Set-Aside Committee. In this time, Catholic Charities of California has overseen a total of $2,458,804 in allocations of EFSP funds to Local Boards in California.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created by Congress in 1983 to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.
As convener and administrator of the EFSP California State Set-Aside Committee, Catholic Charities of California:
- Serves as liaison with the EFSP National Board;
- Convenes Committee meetings; and
- Coordinates communications among Committee members and with all California jurisdictions regarding funding allocations.
Funding requests doubled in 2015
In 2015, requests from local jurisdictions for SSA funding doubled. Once a local jurisdiction receives SSA funding, it goes through a process to sub-award these funds to local social service providers to deliver direct services.
- Food, in the form of served meals or groceries;
- Lodging in a mass shelter or hotel;
- One month’s rent or mortgage payment;
- One month’s utility bill; and
- Equipment necessary to feed or shelter people, up to $300.
The California State Set-Aside Committee would like to outreach to rural jurisdictions. Funds are needed to make this possible.