Released 9 March 2011
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The Salvation Army facing budget shortfall
Covington, Va (March, 2011) -- The Salvation Army could be facing a 50% cut in this year to one of the federal grants used to fund its emergency assistance programs.
The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. The Salvation Army receives funds through the EFSP for direct service in the amount of $ 2,534.00 in 2010 for Covington residents and $6,344.00 to assist Alleghany County residents. These funds are used for direct assistance to individuals for rent assistance, emergency shelter, food, and vital water or electric utility. Last year, 56 households received emergency assistance from The Salvation Army with an additional 200 families assisted with food purchased for The Salvation Army food pantry.
"Imagine having to turn half of those families away next year." Remarked Captain Karl Dahlin. "Raising enough funds to keep these doors open to hurting families is becoming increasing difficult. We are already experiencing a decline in regular giving this month."
Congress, with the support of the Administration, has targeted the next EFSP Phase for a $100 million (50%) cut. This cut could become law in a matter of weeks. A cut this significant would severely curtail the strength and scope of the EFSP program, and impact community food and shelter programs across the country without impunity. It will be an unprecedented loss to the program, in the midst of continued economic crises.
"There is something we can do." stated Captain Dahlin. "We believe that nothing short of a major grassroots effort will curb the damaging cuts proposed for EFSP. Please join us in our effort to turn back the cuts by contacting our respective Congressional delegations ASAP, to educate them on the impact a cut this severe would have on your community. Ask them to contact the respective House and Senate Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittees and urge them if a cut is needed to limit the proposed EFSP cut to 25% of FY2010 spending."
To contact your Congressional representative you can go online to http://writerep.house.gov