EFSP - ARPA-R Application


Portage County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) - American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA-R)
Total Amount Allocated to Portage County $180,754

(This is in addition to the annual EFSP funding)
Food - $72,302
Housing - $72,302
Utilities - $36,150

The United Way of Portage County (UWPC) Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has received a grant award of $180,754 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA-R).  

Funding must be used to assist Portage County residents.  Program funds are used to provide the following, as determined by the Local Board:

  • Food, in the form of served meals or groceries. Lodging in a mass shelter or hotel, when no other appropriate shelter is available (no more than 90 days).
  • Up to three month's rent or mortgage payment.
    • ​Providing rent or mortgage is in arrears, or
    • First month’s rent when client is: either transient, moving from temporary shelter to a more permanent living arrangement, or is being evicted from current housing and one-month payment will not forestall eviction.
  • Up to three month's utility bills.
    • Providing utility is in arrears.
  • Minimal repairs to allow a mass feeding or sheltering facility to function during the program year.
  • An administrative allowance of 2% of total funds received (this allowance is part of the total award-not in addition to the award.)

To apply for funding: 

  • Agencies should complete the online application pertaining to the type of service that your agency/program is seeking funding for (shelter, food, and/or the utilities section) and Budget sheet.
  • Be prepared to present your proposal to the Local Board, upon request.
  • Attached is a link to the Appeals Process (Attachment I).
  • Attached is a link to the Local Recipient Organization’s Responsibilities (Attachment II).  If your agency is chosen to receive funding, you must comply with these responsibilities.

Available Amounts

  • Food Assistance - $72,302
  • Housing Assistance - $72,302
  • Utility Assistance - $36,150

The online application must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  Only online applications will be reviewed for consideration.

Any questions should be directed to:  Bill Childers, EFSP Local Board Chair at 330-297-1424 or at billc@uwportage.org.