Nearly $400,000 in Funding Available to Emergency Food and Shelter Programs in Hartford County

Jan.13, 2021

Hartford, Conn. (Jan. 13, 2021) — Nearly $400,000 in federal support for food, emergency shelters, and homeless prevention services has been awarded and is now available for Hartford County, according to United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

United Way administers the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and also facilitates the Local Board of Hartford County, a group of community volunteers that decide on allocation of funds within federal guidelines.

The purpose of the funding is to support the work of local social service organizations in order to help people in need of emergency assistance.

Funds will be allocated to qualifying agencies for the following purposes: Emergency Shelters; Food (distributed through Foodshare); and Emergency Rent, Mortgage and Energy assistance.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 

  • be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 
  • be eligible to receive Federal funds, 
  • have an accounting system, 
  • practice nondiscrimination, 
  • have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
  • if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply

If your agency is interested in applying, please contact Jennifer Pettit

Applications are due by January 26, 2021.

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About United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut 

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s vision is a community where opportunities are available for every child to succeed in school and for every family to achieve financial security. United Way brings people and resources together to address immediate needs and finds long-term solutions to challenging problems. United Way does this by investing in programs and services, leading community change initiatives, and mobilizing resources and volunteers to ensure that: children succeed in school; people get jobs and are financially secure; people are healthy; and, basic needs are met during tough times. For more information, visit