Our vision is simple: Prevention is the key to keeping individuals and families out of crisis. While emergency services for those already in crisis are vital, we focus on identifying and attaching lasting solutions to each obstacle along the way to extreme outcomes like homelessness, working to prevent crisis before it occurs. We are taking on our communities’ most difficult challenges at the roots. To do this, we shifted our role from a traditional competitive grants funding organization to that of a focused, strategic convener of community change.
We are creating our community’s first true continuum of care for nonprofit services, 706 UNITED, aligning and investing in the most effective programs and addressing the most critical areas of need through community-minded, holistic strategies.
NEW! We fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community, focused entirely on prevention, so when we learned that LGBTQIA+ youth represent as much as 40% of the homeless youth population and that 25% of those are homeless because of family rejection, we committed to partnering with the PFLAG Rome chapter on a permanent basis. If you’d like to know more about the support PFLAG offers, you can find them at PFLAG Rome GA on Facebook!
United Way of Rome & Floyd County (UWRF) invests in a collaboratively build Community Investment Plan that prioritizes the needs of Floyd County. The plan is developed through ongoing needs assessments, the Interagency Council and other community relationships across sectors, data collected through the Community Resource Line, and the Child Well-Being Index. The Interagency Council is made up of local nonprofit and community leaders, those who have experienced crisis and available services, and those who are passionate about making possible better lives for all in Rome & Floyd County. Learn more here.
What is The Emergency Food & Shelter Program?
The application period has closed and awards have been announced for EFSP Phase ARPA-R and Phase 39. Floyd County was allocated $22,742 for Phase 39, along with $70,291 of ARPA-R funding to support local emergency food and shelter programs. The allocation was announced by a national board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, and consists of representatives from United Way Worldwide, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and the Jewish Federations of North America. Allocation decisions for Floyd County were determined by a Local Board representative of the national board.
United Way of Rome & Floyd County administers the county’s funding, assembling a local board representative of the national board, charged with distributing these funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of local food and shelter programs. The local board is required to determine allocations through a competitive application process. Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must (1) be private, voluntary nonprofits or units of government, (2) have an accounting system, (3) be eligible to receive federal funds, (4) practice non-discrimination, (5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, (6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a volunteer board.
Qualifying organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds may learn necessary information about the grant at the National EFSP Website.