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UWYC to receive Emergency Food & Shelter Program funding; applications requested from local nonprofits.


York County has been awarded Federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

United Way of York County has been chosen to receive funding under the Emergency Food and Shelter Programs (EFSP) for Phase 40 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in York County.

The selections were made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

The Local EFSP Board has designated utility and rent/mortgage assistance as priority categories to prevent homelessness for Phase 40. These categories are based on local needs identified by United Way’s 2-1-1 Information and Referral call center statistics. A Local Board facilitated by United Way of York County, SC will determine how the funds are to be distributed to eligible non-profits in York County. EFSP funds are to be used to supplement/extend existing resources and not to substitute or reimburse ongoing programs and services.

Under the terms of the grants from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profit or unit of government, 2) be located in and serve residents of York County, 3) be eligible to receive Federal funds and provide agency Federal Tax ID number and their Unique Entity Identifier (UEI),  4) meet financial accounting standards, 5) practice nondiscrimination, 6) demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, 7) if they are a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board, and 8) meet required documentation and reporting standards for utilization of Federal funds.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for local Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should contact Summersby Okey at or Elizabeth Starnes at Completed applications are due no later than February 27, 2023, by submitting the application to email:

United Way of York County, SC has previously given funds to the following local agencies: Clover Area Assistance Center, and Housing Development Corporation of Rock Hill to provide assistance for utility, rent, and mortgage assistance.

Individuals seeking assistance may dial 2-1-1 for United Way of York County’s call center or 866-892-9211 or visit to find a participating agency. Funds will not be distributed from United Way of York County, SC directly to individuals. 

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