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ACTION ALERT: Bay Area homeless to lose 1.47 million meals and 55,000 bed nights

Posted on June 2, 2011, by United Way in Pathways Out of Poverty Income

Bay Area food banks and emergency shelters rely on the federal Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP) funds to serve millions of meals and provide shelter to thousands of who are in dire need. But their funding is under threat.

Congress is moving quickly to pass the fiscal year (FY) 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which will provide funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Unfortunately, as passed by the full House Appropriations Committee recently, the bill would only fund EFSP at $120 million in FY2012. That is nearly a 50% reduction in funding needed to sustain shelters and food banks in the Bay Area.

EFSP is a critical program to the San Francisco Bay Area, providing people in need with necessary food, lodging, utility assistance, and rent/mortgage help for one month. Bay Area food banks and emergency shelters rely on $3.4 million of federal Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP) funds each year to serve three million meals and provide shelter to thousands in dire need. Almost 400,000 unduplicated Bay Area individuals receive services from EFSP funded programs annually.

Join United Way in calling Congress to fund the program at $200 million, the same level provided in FY2010 & FY2009.

The vote is TODAY, so take action!

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Thanks for standing for thousands of children and families in need!

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