The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies. For 2020, Garland County has been awarded $78,217.
EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering), and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only. Under the terms of the grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:
1. Be private voluntary non -profits or units of government
2. Be eligible to receive federal funds
3. Have an accounting system
4. Practice nondiscrimination
5. Have demostrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
6. If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board
Qualifying agencies are urged to apply each year upon notice of the award. Previously, EFSP funds have been distributed with American Red Cross, the Community Service Organization (CSO) Jackson House, St. Luke's Episopal Church, Ouachita Children's Center and Salvation Army.
In 2019, EFSP provided rent and/or utilitiy assistance for 126 individuals and/or familes.
- Encounter Church - Served Meals
Jackson House - Served Meals
Ouachita Children's Youth and Family Services - Mass Shelter
Salvation Army - Rent & Utility Assistance
The LROs chosen in 2020 for Hot Spring County are:
First Prebyterian Church - Utilites
Hot Spring County Homeless Coalition - Motel Voucher
Ouachita Behavior Health & Wellness - Rent Assistance
Ouachita Children, Youth, & Family Services - Mass Shelter
Ouachita River Fellowship - Food Assistance
The LRO chosen in 2020 for Polk County is:
Faith Missionary Baptist Church - Food, Mass Shelter, Rent &/or Mortgage Assistance, and Utility Assistance