Garland County EFSP Funds

For more information contact: 

Sarah Fowler

Executive Director

United Way of the Ouachitas



For Immediate Release: August 27, 2020.

Hot Springs, AR – Garland County anticipates to receive a total of $78,217 in total funding, half of which has been dispersed through the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board. The initial $32,245 in funding has helped supplement preexisting Emergency Food and Shelter programs in the county. The additional $45,000 in funding from under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will provide additional support to those Local Recipient organizations in Garland County.

A local board consisting of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Church,  the City of Hot Springs, the Garland County Judges office, the Homeless, Jewish Synagogue, Protestant Churches, The Salvation Army, and United Way met earlier in the summer to review the EFSP program/agency applications and make recommendations to determine which local emergency food and shelter programs would be responsible for receiving and/or administering these funds, and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program:


Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds have to: 1) be a private voluntary non-profit or a unit of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Among the entities expected to receive funds include Encounter Church, Jackson House, Ouachita Children’s Youth and Family Services, and The Salvation Army.

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