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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, March 23, 2015

United Way SB Tapped as Fiscal Agent for Homeland Security and FEMA Allocation of Over $195,000 for Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) is the fiscal agent for the local Santa Barbara County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and the local EFSP board of directors announced the allocation of $195,772 in funds from the Federal Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) national Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Funds support Phase 32 of EFSP.

The EFSP was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. This collaborative effort between the private and public sectors has provided more than $3.8 billion in federal funds during its 29-year history. The amount of funding the EFSP administers to communities throughout the nation is dependent on multiple factors including the local unemployment rate.

A local EFSP Board of Directors within the Santa Barbara County service region was formed to determine how to allocate the funds for Phase 32. The EFSP board consists of eleven board members from the following organizations: The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ, County of Santa Barbara, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, community member for the homeless, United Way of Northern Santa Barbara and United Way of Santa Barbara County.

For Phase 32, the organizations have been awarded funding include: Catholic Charities, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Shelter, Inc., Transition House, and Domestic Violence Solutions and United Way of Santa Barbara County.

About United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health. For more information, please visit http://www.unitedwaysb.org/.

Contact

Flannery Hill/Chris Davis (805) 687-3322

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