Funding for the Federal program, Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), is at risk of being cut by as much as $100 million, a 50 percent decrease. Our Faith Matters and the Interfaith Leadership Council strongly urge members of local faith groups, as well as other concerned citizens, to contact their Senators and Representatives and ask them to oppose these cuts.
Many local faith groups and faith-based organizations receive EFSP funding to support the important work they do to care for those in need in the community. Programs supported by EFSP include food banks, emergency and transitional housing programs, domestic violence shelters, served meal and bagged grocery programs and rental/utility assistance programs.
Without the support of EFSP funding, faith leaders believe homelessness and poverty in America will increase dramatically.
Community members are encouraged to visit www.ourfaithmatters.org for a sample letter, as well as some facts and figures to educate politicians on community needs, and the gaps in resources and services.
Our Faith Matters is an alliance of faith leaders representing more than 500,000 individuals of faith from throughout Southern California who are working together to inspire the community to end homelessness. Learn more at www.ourfaithmatters.org.