The Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program has announced Pueblo County has been chosen to receive $96,672 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
United Way of Pueblo County administers the funds on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security to local organizations. Any 501©3 nonprofit, faith-based or local government agency that provides ongoing food and/or shelter services may apply. Individuals in need of assistance may not apply directly for funds. Federal grants now require all potential applicants to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) via www.sam.gov/content/duns-uei.
Funds must be used to supplement food and shelter services and may not be used as seed money for new programs. The key responsibility of participating organizations is to provide assistance within the intent of the program. Agencies may receive funds to provide food, shelter, and supportive services, including, but not limited to:
- Food services, such as congregate meals or groceries;
- Lodging in a mass shelter, or in a hotel/motel or other off-site shelter facility limited to 30-days assistance per individual or household;
- Up to 90 days (3 months) rent or mortgage assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure;
- Up to 90 days (3 months) of utility assistance for gas, electric and water service;
- Supplies, including but not limited to cleaning supplies, and small equipment essential to feed or shelter people, not exceeding $300 per item
Full program guidelines and application are available at www.pueblounitedway.org/grants. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 6 by 11:59pm. A mandatory meeting will be held for program applicants on Wednesday, March 8 @ 10:00am at Security Service Federal Credit Union, 310 E. Abriendo Ave in the 2nd floor conference room. Interested organizations should contact Bianca Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Complete EFSP information can be found by visiting www.efsp.unitedway.org.