Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

CITY OF GARY AND THE BALANCE OF LAKE COUNTY HAVE BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER (EFSP) NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM

For instructions and how to apply for the Phase 37 Gary/Lake County grants CLICK HERE. For instruction and to apply for the CARES funding CLICK HERE. The deadline to apply is May 20, 2020, at 5:00 PM (CDT).

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.  The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

Phase 37 Allocations

37-2714-00 Lake County $189,748

37-2716-00 Gary City $38,764

CARES Allocations

CARES-2714-00 Lake County $270,527

CARES-2716-00 Gary City $55,267

A Local Board made up of representatives from local organizations such as American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana, Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, Continuum of Care, church organizations, and Lake Area United Way will determine how the funds awarded to Gary are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. All agencies applying for EFSP funds must provide their DUNS number and FEIN in their applications.

Nonprofit, faith-based, and governmental organizations that provide food, shelter, and supportive services within the intent of the program are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

Valerie Goode
Lake Area United Way
221 W. Ridge Road
Griffith, IN 46319

(219) 781-7025
vgoode@lauw.org