Emergency Food and Shelter Program Awards 2020

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$662,846 Granted by Spokane County United Way to be used for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs

Thirteen local nonprofits to receive funding. 

Spokane County United Way brought together eleven community members to serve on their Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP) Board. These members worked to award funding to local nonprofits who provide food and shelter services. These are Federal funds made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and The National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). This year Spokane County United Way received an increase of funds to grant, up from $278,834 last year.
The majority of funding awarded by Spokane County United Way’s EFSP Board will support local mass shelter services in the amount of $360,131 (53%). The remaining dollars of $171,825 (26%) will serve meals and provide additional food service needs, and $130,890 (19%) will provide rent and mortgage assistance. The thirteen local nonprofit recipients to share $662,846 in funding are: 
  • Catholic Charities Spokane
  • Family Promise of Spokane
  • Gonzaga University Center for Community Engagement
  • If You Could Save Just One
  • Our Place Community Outreach
  • Second Harvest Inland Northwest
  • Shalom Ministries
  • SNAP
  • The Salvation Army
  • Volunteers of America
  • Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen
  • YWCA Spokane
These dollars will provide vital services for our community. When COVID-19 hit, just over 670,000 Washington households were already one emergency away from financial ruin — a 10-year record high — setting the stage for the unprecedented economic impact of the crisis, according to the state’s latest ALICE in Washington: A Financial Hardship Study. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
The ALICE Report shows that the cost of housing, childcare, food, transportation, health care and a smartphone plan rose at nearly twice the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index. The result is that in 2018, two parents working full time needed to earn $18.15 an hour in order to afford the Household Survival Budget for a family of four. That’s up from a wage of $12.50 an hour affording that budget in 2007. During the same period, the number of low-wage jobs grew by a substantial 149%.
Tim Henkel, President & CEO of Spokane County United Way, said the ALICE Report’s findings that 35% of families in Spokane County are struggling to make ends meet is exactly why the EFSP dollars are essential for our community. These dollars will help address the unique challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted on ALICE families. 
For more information or to find data about ALICE in local communities, visit UnitedWaySpokane.org/AliceSpokane