Midland County has been awarded $11,801.00 in State Set-Aside funds through the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, to be administered through United Way of Midland County.  The National Board is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from several national organizations.

The Local Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP) Board is charged with distributing appropriated funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter to programs in high-need areas around the county.

Midland County’s Local (EFSP) Board is made up of representatives from the Department of Human Services, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, the Midland Clergy Association, the United Jewish Community, Family and Children’s Services, the County Board of Commissioners and United Way. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Funds have previously been distributed to the Council of Domestic Violence, Home To Stay Housing Assistance Center, The Salvation Army and West Midland Family Center.  In Phase 35 of 2017, these agencies provided approximately 20 households with rent or mortgage assistance and about 120 nights of shelter.

Under the terms of the grant, local agencies who are chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice non-discrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, 5) must have a volunteer board if they are a voluntary organization.  All qualified organizations are urged to submit applications by fifth (5th) business day from posted date in local newspaper.  Contact Kim Stuhler at (989) 631-3670 or kstuhler@unitedwaymidland.org for applications and information.