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Emergency Food and Shelter Program

This fact sheet describes the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a federally funded program administrated by FEMA. Authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (P.L. 100-77; reauthorized under P.L. 100-628), EFSP implementation is not contingent on a Presidential major disaster declaration. The EFSP funding is for people with non-disaster related emergencies and can be used for a broad range of services.

EFSP supplements and expands ongoing work of local social service organizations, both nonprofit and governmental, to provide shelter, food and supportive services to individuals, families, and households who have economic, non-disaster related emergencies. EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping individuals, families, and households who are experiencing, or at risk of, food insecurity and/or homelessness.

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The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a federally funded program administrated by FEMA.


EFSP is authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (P.L. 100-77; reauthorized under P.L. 100-628). Implementation of the EFSP is not contingent on a Presidential major disaster declaration. EFSP funds are for people with non-disaster related emergencies and can be used for a broad range of services.


The EFSP supplements and expands the ongoing work of local social service organizations, both nonprofit and governmental, to provide shelter, food, and supportive services to individuals, families, and households who are experiencing, or at risk of, hunger and/or homelessness.

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