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Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a FEMA-funded program authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. The program supplements and expands the ongoing work of our nonprofit to provide shelter and supportive services to individuals and families who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board allocates funding nationwide to jurisdictions (counties and cities). These funds support our agency in providing critical resources to people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness or hunger. These funds are for people with non-disaster-related emergencies, and allocations are dictated by funding formulas from the National Board.

When available, the EFSP National Board allocates funds to local boards in qualifying jurisdictions using the most recent national population, unemployment, and poverty data. The local boards and the Warren County Department of Human Services then advertise the availability of grant funding in our communities, review applications, and award grants to organizations like Family Promise of Warren County that provide services to those in need.

Services can include:

  • Lodging in a mass shelter or hotel (minimal duration).

  • Rental or mortgage assistance to prevent evictions.

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