About the Emergency Food and Shelter Program
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.
The program is governed by a National Board composed of representatives of the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The Board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
During its 27 years of operation, the program has disbursed over $3.4 billion to over 12,000 local providers in more than 2,500 counties and cities.
The program’s objectives are:
- to allocate funds to the neediest areas,
- to ensure fast response,
- to foster public/private sector cooperation,
- to ensure local decision making, and
- to maintain minimal, but accountable, reporting.
How is the Program Governed Locally?
Locally, the program is a model of public-private cooperation. Each civil jurisdiction (a county or city) funded by the program must constitute a Local Board. The board must be composed of representatives of the same organizations as those on the National Board, with a local government official replacing the FEMA representative. The Local Board members elect their chair. Local Boards may also have additional members, and, since 1993, Local Boards have been required to include a homeless or formerly homeless person as a member.
The National Board awards funds to local jurisdictions. Once an award is made by either the National Board or a State Set-Aside Committee, Local Boards decide which agencies are to receive funds.
Locally the EF&S Program is administered by Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council, Inc. For more information or to receive an application for funding please contact Darlene Hill at 479-785-2303 ext. 104 or email email@example.com