Emergency Food & Shelter Program

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 of 1987 (PL 100-77) “to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services” for hungry and homeless people across the nation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chairs the National Board, and United Way Worldwide is the fiscal agent and staff for the program.

Emergency Food and Shelter dollars are earmarked for local nonprofit organizations that support essential services that help hungry, at risk and homeless families and those in immediate crisis. Brown County United Way supports the EFSP program locally by serving as the conduit for these funds. EFSP funds are used to help struggling Brown County residents access basic needs, including:

  • Food – served meals or food pantry boxes
  • Shelter – mass emergency shelter facilities
  • Rent – assistance with rent to prevent homelessness
  • Utilities – assistance with gas and electric bills

Upon notification from the EFSP National Board that an EFSP Phase will be released, the Local Board will update this website and provide application instructions. EFSP Funds are a Federal Grant, and funding may not always be provided exactly per program period calendar. Funds are provided in two payments, the second payment may come after the close of the spending cycle, and costs can only be reimbursed for expenditures made during the specified spending cycle.

Jurisdiction Awards: Phase 38

Brown County has been awarded $103,343 for Phase 38 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. This award is based upon the total number of unemployed as compared to the total number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions.

To be eligible for EFSP Phase 38 funding, organizations must:

1) Be a non-profit or an agency of government
2) Be eligible to receive Federal funds
3) Have an accounting system
4) Practice nondiscrimination
5) Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter program
6) If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board and
7) Grantees must complete all reports and correspondence in a timely manner. Prior EFSP grantees must be current with all reports due to the EFSP National Board to apply for the new phase funding. Previous performance, as well as the success of particular programs, may also be taken into consideration

Awards: Phase 38: $103,343

Funding Phase Phase 38 Spending period begin date: 01/01/2020 Spending period end date: 05/31/2021

Application Deadline is January 25, 2021 at 5 PM.

The EFSP Local Board approved awards to the following agencies in each category for EFSP Phase 37 and CARES:

Emergency Shelter

  • Golden House
  • House of Hope
  • Freedom House Ministries
  • St. John’s Homeless Shelter


  • Manna for Life Ministries
  • NEW Community Shelter
  • The Oneida Emergency Food Pantry

Rent Assistance 

  • Salvation Army

Want to learn more?

If you have any questions, contact Dan Wadle.

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