Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)
The EFSP was established on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the "Jobs Stimulus Bill," Public Law 98-8. That legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The EFSP was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (P.L. 100-77 signed into law on July 24, 1987, since renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and subsequently reauthorized under P.L. 100-628, signed into law on November 7, 1988).
The intent of the EFSP program is to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for the nation's hungry, homeless and people in economic crisis.
The United Way administers these federal funds, through the local Rockland County EFSP Board to help expand the capacity of emergency food and shelter programs in high need areas around Rockland County.
EFSP grants are awarded to community organizations usually on an annual basis. For more information please contact the United Way at (845) 358-8929.