The federal government is providing funds to the United Way of York County (UWYC). The York County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) will be receiving almost $100,000 in federal funding as a result of an increase in the budget of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The UWYC has been selected to provide help manage and offer the administrative support for EFSP's fund distribution. they will be working closely with a local board of community volunteers that is responsible for disbursing the funds among the local emergency food and shelter programs that apply for funds, and foods can be used to provide rent help or mortgage assistance.
The main reason the additional money is being released is due to increased levels of unemployment and the money will also supplement emergency food and shelter programs in York County, New Hampshire. The funds will be providing special emergency assistance to help and aid with bills such as rent, food, shelter, or mortgage or utility bill assistance. Also, it is important to note that these EFSP funds provide assistance over and above the cash and funds that are already provided by area charities and other agencies through their standard annual budgets. Dial the York County United Way at 207-985-3359
Another agency to call for housing help is the Sanford Housing Authority. They administer the low income Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program for both northern New Hampshire and other area. The agency provides rental assistance and support for housing matter by subsidizing a portion of the low income individuals or families monthly rent, heating bills and utilities and paying the grant money directly to landlords. However if you have a lease in which utilities are not included in your monthly rent, the housing assistance program may pay a larger portion of the rent so the tenant is able to cover utility and heating bill assistance payments. Financial support and payments are provided and the amount offered is the difference between what the tenant pays toward rent and the cost of the rent that is owed. Call 324-6747
Numerous assistance programs are offered to New Hampshire and Maine area families from the York Community Action Agency. Dial 800-965-5762. The agency runs a program known as LIHEAP, which offers both regular and crisis assistance for electric bills. Some of the money can be used to prevent or reverse a disconnection of utility and energy bills. Other money from the program can be used to pay ongoing monthly utility and energy bills.
Low income can get free food in New Hampshire from local food banks. Dial 324-8811 to speak to the local York County food pantry/bank. Find other food banks in NH at this resource. They can distribute free food to the low income, and also refer individuals to government food assistance programs.
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