Catholic Charities of California guides the state allocation process
For more than 11 years, Catholic Charities of California has convened and administered the California State Set-Aside Committee for the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). In this time, Catholic Charities of California has overseen a total of $3,033,126 in allocations of EFSP funds to California jurisdictions.
Congress created the EFSP in 1983 as a way to distribute federal funds to help meet the basic needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories.
As convener and administrator of the EFSP California State Set-Aside (SSA) 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.
The SSA Committee makes funding recommendations to the National Board based on applications received from jurisdictions. Local jurisdictions that receive SSA funding initiate a process to sub-award these funds to local social service providers to deliver direct emergency food and shelter service, including:
- 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.