Category Archives: Resources

EFSP Funds Available in Hampshire County; 4/29 application deadline

An announcement from United Way of Hampshire County:

Local agencies that provide emergency food, shelter, rental or utility assistance in Hampshire County Massachusetts are invited to apply for federal funding under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).  EFSP is a public/private partnership that disburses federal funds to local nonprofit organizations through a competitive process overseen by a local volunteer board. United Way of Hampshire County acts as administrator for the county.

Hampshire County funding levels for the upcoming EFSP Phase 32 are unknown at this time. In the most recent phase, approximately $17,000 in funding was distributed to agencies in Hampshire County. Overall, program funding levels for the region are expected to be similar to last year. Due to the limited funding available, please be aware that agencies meeting all of the application criteria may not receive their funding request.

Click here for the eligibility information sheet which includes important program guidelines and details.

Applications are DUE Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and must be submitted online.

The link address is:

Supplemental materials should be emailed to

The minimum funding request is $500.00. The EFSP National Board has set the per diem fixed rate allowance for Mass Shelter at $12.50 and the per meal allowance fixed rate for Served Meals at $2.00.


For further information, please contact:


Victoria Lucadello, 413-584-3962 x100

New Veteran Information/Outreach Flyers Available

The Network’s Veterans Committee has been hard at work producing accessible information to inform veterans of available resources and to assist non-veteran housing providers with information to ascertain veteran status.  Please find below:

Are you eligible for Chapter 115 Veterans Benefits?

Veteran Intake Questionnaire and Access to Veteran Resources

Spanish translations will be posted as soon as available.  And these resources will also be permanently available on the “Need Help?” page of our website.

Special thanks to Steve Connor of the Northampton Veterans Services Office and Sue White of the VA Medical Center for their assistance in producing this information.


Affordable Housing Opportunity in the Hilltowns

Hilltown Community Development Corporation is now accepting applications for an affordable housing lottery.  Apartments are located in Haydenville, Williamsburg, and Chesterfield, and include all newly renovated and affordable studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom sized units.  There are mobility and sensory adapted units available.  Income restrictions apply; this is an equal housing opportunity.  Units will become available between July 1, 2015-Feb. 2016.  Applications can be mailed or emailed, or found at local town offices and libraries.  Tenants will be chosen through a lottery in June 2015.  The application deadline is Friday, May 8, 2015.

Please contact Teri at 413-296-4536 x110 or for more information, or for an application.