Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Applications for funding will be accepted as long as they are postmarked by Monday, September 18, 2017. To access the funding application, click here. If you prefer a PDF file of the application, click here.
To access an Overview of the Emergency Food and Shelter program, click here.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created 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 Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; United Jewish Communities; The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; and United Way of America. The Board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 
The program's objectives are: 
     • to allocate funds to the neediest areas, 
     • to ensure fast response, 
     • to foster public/private sector cooperation, 
     • to ensure local decision making, and 
     • to maintain minimal, but accountable, reporting. 
How Are Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds Used?
Program funds are used to provide the following, as determined by the Local Board in funded jurisdictions: 
     • 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. 
     • Minimal repairs to allow a mass feeding or sheltering facility to
       function during the program year. 
     • Equipment necessary to feed or shelter people, up to
       a $300 limit per item.