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Basic Needs - Emergency Assistance:





Many residents of the Pioneer Valley may at some point in their lives face a need for emergency assistance.  This could include disaster relief, a need for food, fuel or shelter, or access to basic support to get through a tough time. We are committed to assisting people in meeting emergency and basic needs.

Basic Needs grantees for 2013:

Please view the list of current organizations funded by UWPV to meet the basic needs of people living in our communities.

Emergency Assistance Programs:

About the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP):

The EFSP of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both non-profit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic (not disaster related) emergencies. Since that time the EFSP has distributed $2.19 billion to over 11,000 human service agencies helping homeless and hungry people in more than 2,500 communities across the country. EFSP funds must supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.

The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board administers the program and selects jurisdictions for funding. Local Boards are convened in those qualifying jurisdictions to determine the highest need and best use of funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) that will provide emergency food and shelter services.  Funds to Local Recipient Orgranizations are distributed directly from the National Board.

The local board consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, City of Springfield, Council of Churches of Greater Springfield, Equal Access to Safety Initiative, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council, Holyoke Housing Authority, Mental Health, West Springfield Boys & Girls Club, Rachelís Table, Springfield Partners for Community Action, The Salvation Army, United Way of Pioneer Valley, and Western Massachusetts Network to End Homeless.

For additional information, please visit the Emergency Food & Shelter Program website at

EFSP Applications for Phase 32 (2014-2015):

To apply for funding under Phase 32, please attend a Public Information Meeting on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson Streets, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  If you missed this meeting we will schedule another if funding is announced before applications are due in the Fall.  If you want to complete an application now, click here, to download it, however, please note that funding for Phase 32 has not yet been approved or distributed as of June 2014.  Funding approval and notification can take until December 2014. If you have questions, please contact Portia D. Allen at 413-693-0236 or 

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