Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

Phase 39 and ARPAR Funding Announced

Washington County has been awarded Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Washington County will receive a jurisdictional allocation of $101,793 for Phase 39 and $314,617 for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPAR) process under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) announced on Thursday, March 10, 2022.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A Local Board made up of local community leaders will determine how the funds awarded to Washington County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program. These funds will be used to supplement existing food and shelter services, and cannot be given to start new programs.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

1) Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government;
2) Be eligible to receive Federal funds;
3) Have an accounting system;
4) Practice nondiscrimination;
5) Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs;
6) If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

EFSP Applicants

All agencies applying for EFSP funds must provide their DUNS number and FEIN in their applications. Failure to provide these numbers will prevent or delay the release of funds to agencies. The numbers may be obtained, as follows:

  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number: DUNS numbers are issued by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) at no cost. Click to apply for DUNS
  • Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): FEIN numbers are issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at no cost. Learn how to apply for a FEIN online.

Any nonprofit, faith-based or local government agency that provides food and shelter services may apply for funds. Current or former EFSP participation is not required for participation.

EFSP funds must be used to supplement food and shelter services and may not be used as seed money for new programs. Agencies may receive funds to provide food, shelter and supportive services, including, but not limited to:

  • Food services, such as congregate meals or groceries;
  • Lodging in a mass shelter, or in a hotel/motel or other off-site shelter facility limited to 30-days assistance per individual or household;
  • One month rent or mortgage assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure;
  • Utility assistance for one month of service for gas, electric and water service; and
  • Supplies, including but not limited to cleaning supplies and small equipment essential to feed or shelter people, not exceeding $300 per item.

The National EFSP Board has prepared a webinar, Overview and Guidance: Phase 39 and ARPA-R Funding, to provide additional information to interested agencies.