Emergency Food and Shelter Program
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, “to provide shelter, food, and supportive services” to individuals and families who are hungry, homeless, or at-risk of being hungry and homeless due to economic crises such as plant layoffs and closings. The EFSP is governed by a National Board that is comprised of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Way Worldwide, and FEMA, with FEMA chairing the board. The National Board allocates funds used for food, lodging, and rent/mortgage and utility assistance to local jurisdictions with the highest needs. The program relies on public/private partnerships from the national to the local level to quickly and effectively get assistance to those who need it most.