Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Counties Served

Program Description
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created to supplement and expand the work of local Social Services agencies, both non-profit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic (not disaster-related) emergencies. The funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency help supplement food programs, rent/mortgages, and utility assistance. Funding from this program may provide one month's rent/mortgage and/or utility assistance.  A local board determines the services to be provided in each jurisdiction when funding becomes available; notification of funding is posted in the local county newspapers.

Eligibility Guidelines
Households must have a utility or rent payment past due, or due within 5 days, or have an eviction notice. They must have exhausted all other resources, including energy assistance, and the service must guarantee at least 30 days of additional shelter or service. Clients must have an income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines established for their household size.

Application Process
Contact local NEWCAP office for funding and services availability.