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$650 Million Boost: FEMA’s Shelter and Services Program Expands to Meet Record-Breaking Migrant Crisis, Reaching 14 States and D.C.!

FEMA’s Shelter and Services Program Surges with Increased Funding Amid Border Crisis

Atlanta Receives Boost in FEMA Funding to Support Growing Migrant Population

According to Just The News, amidst a deepening border crisis the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has intensified its efforts through the Shelter and Services Program responding to the mounting impact of migrant arrivals across the United States. Initially allocated $363.8 million in fiscal year 2023 funding for the program surged to $650 million in fiscal year 2024 reflecting a recognition of the growing strain on local communities tasked with managing the influx of migrants. This substantial increase in funding underscores the program’s pivotal role in providing financial support to cities and states grappling with the humanitarian challenges associated with migrant populations.

Cities like Atlanta illustrate how FEMA’s Shelter and Services Program is expanding and providing vital financial aid. Atlanta received $4.85 million in 2023 and will receive $10.89 million in 2024. This funding helps cover the costs of housing, feeding, and supporting migrant populations in their areas. The program’s grants reach across 14 states and Washington D.C. aiming to ease the financial strain on local governments dealing with migrant needs.

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$650 Million Boost: FEMA’s Shelter and Services Program Expands to Meet Record-Breaking Migrant Crisis, Reaching 14 States and D.C.! (PHOTO: CNBC)

Congress Urged to Increase Funding Amid Unprecedented Immigration Surge

The increasing influx of immigrants has drawn significant attention from Congress and federal agencies. Described as unprecedented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas this surge has led to urgent calls for more federal funding and assistance. In November 2023 the United States Conference of Mayors asked Congress for at least $1.3 billion for the Shelter and Services Program reflecting concerns about local resources. Congresswomen Lori Trahan and Diana DeGette have pushed for even more funding proposing $3 billion to address the humanitarian and logistical challenges posed by the growing number of migrants nationwide.

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