Emergency Food and Shelter Program Overview
The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) is a Federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and has been entrusted through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (PL 100-77) "to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services" for the nation's hungry, homeless, and people in economic crisis.
A National Board, chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, with representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities; and United Way of America governs the EFS Program. The National Board has selected United Way of America to once again serve as Secretariat and Fiscal Agent to the National Board. In addition, the authorization as revised (PL 102-550) in 1992 requires that a homeless or formerly homeless person be a member of each EFSP Local Board.
For more information, please contact the United Way of Rockland County.