The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is a unique grant program FEMA has outside of our traditional preparedness and disaster recovery programs. You may remember that we blogged about this program last year. Each year, Congress provides FEMA with the funding to support voluntary and governmental agencies that provide essential services to help hungry and homeless individuals and families across our nation.
This year, FEMA is awarding more than $120 million, through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program grant, to supplement agencies that provide food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs. You can find a list of qualifying jurisdictions and their allocation amounts on the National Board’s website.
More about the grant program
These funds are distributed in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which established the program and called for the creation of an Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board. FEMA distributes the funds to the National Board through its fiscal agent, United Way Worldwide. Based on this annual award, the National Board qualifies jurisdictions for funding by using a formula that takes into account certain factors such as the current population, unemployment, and poverty levels.
The National Board is comprised of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Way Worldwide, and FEMA, with FEMA serving as chair. The National Board has selected United Way Worldwide to serve as its Secretariat and Fiscal Agent.
For more information on grants available through FEMA, visit fema.gov/grants.