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Congressman Aderholt Announces $270,459 in Federal Funds for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

December 13, 2006
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) announced today that $270,459 has been awarded to the 4th Congressional District by the Emergency Food and Shelter (EFS) Program.

The following counties within the 4th Congressional District represented by Congressman Aderholt are receiving funds: Blount ($15,907); Cullman ($26,898); DeKalb ($26,318); Etowah ($38,704); Franklin ($12,816); Marion ($10,798); Marshall ($28,765); Morgan ($44,930); Pickens ($7,857); St. Clair ($21,810); Walker ($26,168); and Winston ($9,488). 

Additional jurisdictions in the 4th District may be selected at a later date by the EFS State Set-Aside Committee. The EFS National Board, chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and composed of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; United Jewish Communities; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; and United Way of America, provides supplemental funding to shelters, soup kitchens, and food banks. One-month awards for rent, mortgage, and utility assistance are also available. The funds are used to help individuals and families with non-disaster, temporary emergency needs.

Congressman Aderholt stated, “During this holiday season, I’m pleased to see that the communities in the 4th District will have funding available to help those in need.”

In each funded jurisdiction, a Local Board advertises the availability of the funds, establishes local priorities, selects local non-profit and government agencies to receive supplemental funding, and monitors program compliance. The Local Board’s composition mirrors the EFS Program National Board, with a local government official replacing FEMA and board members voting to select their chair.

The EFS Program has been in existence since 1983 and was authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. The EFS Program has distributed more than $2.952 billion to communities nationwide, and has accounted for millions of additional meals and nights of shelter to the hungry and homeless most in need across the nation.