The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

Phase 38 applications are OPEN

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created in 1983 by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. The program is governed by a National Board composed of representatives of the American Red CrossCatholic Charities, USAThe Jewish Federations of North AmericaNational Council of the Churches of Christ in the USAThe Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The Board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). During its 38 years of operation, the program disbursed over $5.03 billion to over 14,000 local providers in more than 2,500 counties and cities.

A Local Board is charged with distributing EFSP funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas within the county. Local organizations, whether nonprofit or governmental, may apply for EFSP funding. The Local Board is responsible for considering all applications, and for determining which organizations will receive funds. The Local Board also determines which services are funded.

How Are Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds Used?

Program funds are used to provide the following, as determined by the Local Board (TBNEH) in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties:

  • Food, in the form of served meals or groceries.
  • Lodging in a mass shelter or hotel.
  • One month’s rent or mortgage payment.
  • One month’s utility bill.
  • Equipment necessary to feed or shelter people, up to a $300 limit per item.

Are Administrative Costs Allowed?

A jurisdiction may use up to 2% of its award for administrative purposes. State Set-Aside Committees may use up 0.5% for administrative purposes. The National Board uses up to one percent of the total allocation for its administrative costs.

Application Information

The EFSP Phase 38 Applications are now open! If you have any questions, contact Caitlyn at caitlyn.peacock@networktoendhunger.org. You may also refer to the EFSP website for more information https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PHASE 38

EFSP Hillsborough Phase 38 Application

EFSP Hillsborough Phase 38 Scoring

EFSP Public Notice Phase 38 Hillsborough

The deadline for the completed application and all required documentation to be sent electronically to caitlyn.peacock@networktoendhunger.org is Wednesday, February, 17, 2021 end of day.

There is a mandatory virtual orientation for all applicants (new/returning). Two dates are available: Tuesday, February 2 and Wednesday, February 3 (using Zoom meeting platform). You must RSVP to Caitlyn at caitlyn.peacock@networktoendhunger.org to receive the link with meeting details.

PINELLAS COUNTY PHASE 38

EFSP Pinellas Phase 38 Application

EFSP Pinellas Phase 38 Scoring

EFSP Public Notice Phase 38 Pinellas

The due date for the completed application and all required documentation to be sent electronically to caitlyn.peacock@networktoendhunger.org is Wednesday, February 17, 2021 end of day.

There is a mandatory virtual orientation for all applicants (new/returning). Two dates are available: Tuesday, February 2 and Wednesday, February 3 (using Zoom meeting platform). You must RSVP to Caitlyn at caitlyn.peacock@networktoendhunger.org to receive the link with meeting details.

For more information about the Emergency Food and Shelter Board Program please visit http://www.efsp.unitedway.org/

or CLICK HERE

Click HERE for previous EFSP Phase 37 Information