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Emergency Food and Shelter Program Applications Sought by Berkshire United Way

PITTSFIELD - June 13, 2016 – The National Board has awarded Berkshire County $60,604 in Phase 33 Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) assistance. Berkshire United Way, local administrator of the program, is urging qualifying organizations located throughout Berkshire County to submit an application for supplemental emergency food and shelter funding for Phase 33 at

Local organizations chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits (with a voluntary board) or units of government; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; and have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.  Applications must be submitted on line and are due by MIDNIGHT Monday, July 25, 2016.  To complete the application, go to and use efspqualify as both the username and password.

The funding award is made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way Worldwide.  Funds pass directly from FEMA’s EFSP program to the local agencies that are awarded funding, and a sub-committee of the local board made up of representatives of organizations that are not requesting or receiving funds determines the actual organizations that receive funding.

For Phase 32, FEMA awarded $65,463, which local representatives distributed to nine Berkshire County organizations: Berkshire Community Action Council, the Salvation Army in Pittsfield, the Salvation Army in North Adams, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Construct, Inc., Christian Center of Pittsfield Inc., Family Life Support Center, Inc., Service Net and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.