Emergency Assistance Programs
About the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)
The EFSP of the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local
social service agencies, both non-profit and governmental, in an effort to help
people with economic (not disaster related) emergencies. Since that time the
EFSP has distributed $2.19 billion to over 11,000 human service agencies
helping homeless and hungry people in more than 2,500 communities across the
country. EFSP funds must supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional
sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.
The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board administers the program and
selects jurisdictions for funding. Local Boards are convened in those
qualifying jurisdictions to determine the highest need and best use of funds
and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) that will provide emergency
food and shelter services.
The local board consists of representatives from the American Red Cross,
Catholic Charities, City of Springfield, Council of Churches of Greater
Springfield, Equal Access to Safety Initiative, Food Bank of Western
Massachusetts, Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council, Holyoke Housing Authority,
Mental Health, West Springfield Boys & Girls Club, Rachelís Table,
Springfield Partners for Community Action, The Salvation Army, United Way of
Pioneer Valley, and Western Massachusetts Network to End Homeless.
For additional information, please visit the Emergency Food & Shelter
Program website at http://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/index.cfm
EFSP Partners for Phase 30 (2012-2013)
View the local organizations designated as EFSP granteess for the current funding period.
EFSP Phase 31 (2013-2014)
To apply for funding under Phase 31, please see attached application (Excel spreadsheet)
If you have questions, please
contact Portia D. Allen at 413-693-0236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.