The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing an additional $110 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to provide humanitarian relief to families and individuals encountered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) nationwide. In Pueblo County, United Way of Pueblo County will administer a portion of funds on behalf of the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program through the Department of Homeland Security.
The first application period for the ARPA, Humanitarian Relief, funding is April 19 - 30, 2021. The program will provide reimbursement of expenses incurred from 01/01/2021 to 03/31/2021.
Qualified applicants are:
- Nonprofit, faith-based, or governmental organizations
- Services must have been specifically for families and individuals encountered by the Department of Homeland Security
Current or former EFSP participation is not a requisite for application submission. The application is available via the EFSP website at https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/ under the Supplemental Funding Info tab.
The application will close on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. Applications submitted after the April 30, 2021 deadline will not be considered for reimbursement in this application period. Individuals in need of assistance may not apply directly for funds; rather, services will be provided through area organizations.