The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

Phase 39 and Phase ARPA 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.
  • 90 days rent or mortgage payment.
  • 90 days utility bill.
  • Equipment necessary to feed or shelter people, up to a $300 limit per item.

Application Information

The EFSP Phase 39 & ARPA 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 39 & ARPA

EFSP Hillsborough Phase 39 Application

EFSP Hillsborough Phase 39 Scoring

EFSP Hillsborough Phase ARPA Application

EFSP Hillsborough Phase ARPA Scoring

Hillsborough REQUIRED Zoom Training Date Options (Please note – an agency representative only needs to attend one of the two days being offered): Wednesday, February 23, 2022 9:30am-11:00am or Thursday, February 24, 2022 9:30am-11:00am. You must RSVP for the training session you want to attend at least one day before. Please email caitlyn.peacock@networktoendhunger.org or toni.thomas@networktoendhunger.org to rsvp and receive the zoom link to attend.

Please submit all completed Phase 39 and ARPA applications via the Dropbox Link shared with you at the REQUIRED training, no later than Monday March 14, 2022.

PINELLAS COUNTY PHASE 39 & ARPA

EFSP Pinellas Phase 39 Application

EFSP Pinellas Phase 39 Scoring

EFSP Pinellas Phase ARPA Application

EFSP Pinellas Phase ARPA Scoring

Pinellas REQUIRED Zoom Training Date Options (Please note – an agency representative only needs to attend one of the two days being offered):  Friday February 25 9:30am-11:00am; Monday February 28 9:30am-11:00am. You must RSVP for the training session you want to attend at least one day before. Please email caitlyn.peacock@networktoendhunger.org or toni.thomas@networktoendhunger.org to rsvp and receive the zoom link to attend.

Please submit all completed Phase 39 and ARPA applications via the Dropbox Link shared with you at the REQUIRED training, no later than Monday March 14, 2022.

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