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 ARPA-R and 39

Brown County has been awarded $220,972 for Phase ARPA-R and $71,494 for Phase 39 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 ARPA-R and 39 funding, an organization must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization.
  • Be supplementing existing programs.
  • Must provide a DUNS Number (Data Universal Number System).
  • Must provide a FEIN Number (Federal Tax Identification Number).
  • Provide one or more of the following to homeless and/or low-income people in Brown County:
    • Mass shelter (e.g., night shelter, transitional housing)
    • Mass feeding (e.g., soup kitchen, food pantry)
    • Other food (e.g., food pantries, grocery vouchers)
    • Rent, mortgage or utility assistance
  • Not charge fees for EFSP-funded services.
  • Practice nondiscrimination.
  • Comply with all EFSP program reporting and audit requirements.
  • Must have an accounting system or an approved fiscal agent.
  • Must be prepared to have EFSP funding directly deposited to its agency bank account. Except for the first check to newly funded organizations, the National Board will make all payments by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) only.

Funding Phase, Phase ARPA-R, and Phase 39 spending period begin 11/01/21. Spending period end date 04/23/2023.

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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