Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related [i.e., fires of any kind, floods, tornadoes, etc.] emergencies). The EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP Funding are Federal funds made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only. NOT to substitute, reimburse or provide seed money for a new program.

Program expenditures are limited to food, meals, shelter, rent/mortgage assistance, and utility assistance.

To be eligible to receive funds from EFSP, you must first complete the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Application and submit it electronically along with required documentation by the due date stated. You will be notified if your agency is selected to receive funds from EFSP.