Action Alert: Support the Emergency Food and Shelter Program

This is an excerpt from the NJHSA email sent out on March 09, 2018.

As Congress considers federal funding for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), please ask your representatives to sign on to the following letter urging House appropriators to fully fund this program of critical importance to Jewish human service organizations:

  1. The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) at $150 million in FY 2019, returning EFSP funding to prerecession levels. EFSP serves over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 counties and cities across the country, through a collaborative effort between the private and public sectors.  The program’s mission is preventative in nature and responsive to economic emergencies, and places special emphasis on assisting the elderly, families with children, Native Americans and Veterans.
    • Over the past 35 years, the Jewish Federations of North America has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other leading charitable organizations in the administration of FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). EFSP funds nonprofit and public shelters and other service organizations for items such as food, consumable supplies for shelters, and rental and utility assistance to households in dire need of emergency economic assistance. For individuals and families in economic crisis, EFSP provides a modest but critical safety-net to assist public and nonprofit providers prevent long-term and chronic homeless and hunger. With these and other contributing factors facing millions of Americans every year, the nation’s homeless prevention programs, including FEMA’s EFSP program, need to be adequately funded.
    • TAKE ACTION: Contact all of the Representatives in districts that your agency serves and ask them to sign on to this important letter  by Reps. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) to relevant House Appropriations Committee leadership. Deadline to sign on is Tuesday, March 13, 2018 

Thank you in advance for making your voice heard on this essential programs. Please share your advocacy efforts with JFNA Senior Director of Legislative Affairs Rob Goldberg or NJHSA Washington Representative/JFNA Director of Government Affairs Mindy Brodsky and contact them if you any questions.