Clyburn Announces $3.5 Million in FEMA Funds

Jan 7, 2010 Issues: Defense and National Security

(Columbia, SC) – House Majority Whip and Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn announced today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $3.5 million to South Carolina counties to help serve the homeless and hungry during these difficult economic times.  The awarded Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds are more than double the amount provided to South Carolina a year ago. 

“I am pleased the federal government is responding to the needs of our most vulnerable citizens,” Congressman Clyburn said.  “As we rebuild our economy, we must ensure that those in economic crisis don’t fall through the cracks, and this federal investment will go a long way.”

EFSP funds were first authorized by Congress in 1983 and are appropriated annually under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  With the FY 2010 allocation, more than $3.6 billion in federal aid will have been disbursed through the EFSP since its inception.

In addition, 8% of the year’s total EFSP appropriation will be allocated by the National Board to “set-aside committees” at the state level.  These State Set-Aside Committees will make funding determinations to aid the needy in jurisdictions with increased needs or that did not otherwise qualify for assistance.

In each county, a Local Board advertises the availability of the funds, establishes local priorities, selects local non-profit and government agencies to receive supplemental funding, and monitors program compliance. The Local Board’s composition mirrors the EFSP National Board.

Member agencies of the National Board include: American Red Cross; Catholic Charities USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide.

Information on the EFSP grants for FY 2010 (“Phase 28” of the EFSP) is available on their website at www.efsp.unitedway.org.

Here are the funding levels for South Carolina counties:

Emergency Food and Shelter Program
FY 2010 – “Phase 28” – South Carolina Allocations

Abbeville County                                 

$24,003

Aiken County                                     

$105,121

Allendale County                                 

$10,993

Anderson County                                  

$151,643

Bamberg County                                   

$15,710

Barnwell County                                  

$23,528

Berkeley County                                  

$120,253

Calhoun County                                   

$12,432

Charleston County                                

$220,878

Cherokee County                                   

$61,877

Chester County                                   

$47,576

Chesterfield County                              

$47,442

Clarendon County                                 

$28,706

Colleton County                                   

$33,705

Darlington County                                

$62,663

Dillon County                                    

$31,955

Dorchester County                                

$91,947

Edgefield County                                 

$16,971

Fairfield County                                 

$22,727

Florence County                                  

$105,848

Georgetown County                                

$54,341

Greenville County                                

$319,739

Greenwood County                                 

$58,272

Hampton County                                   

$17,802

Horry County                                     

$227,198

Jasper County                                    

$15,236

Kershaw County                                    

$47,131

Lancaster County                                 

$79,174

Laurens County                                   

$56,358

Lee County                                       

$18,188

Lexington County                                  

$154,863

McCormick County                                 

$8,352

Marion County                                    

$40,974

Marlboro County                                  

$35,337

Newberry County                                  

$31,346

Oconee County                                    

$62,055

Orangeburg County                                

$96,339

Pickens County                                   

$87,853

Richland County                                  

$242,315

Saluda County                                    

$12,536

Spartanburg County                               

$238,829

Sumter County                                    

$82,987

Union County                                     

$34,981

Williamsburg County                               

$35,322

York County                                      

$220,804

State Set-Aside Committee, SC

$54,150

South Carolina Total

$3,568,460