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Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

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United Way of Central New Mexico has facilitated the EFSP program on a local level for several years. Please review the guidelines below for infomation on how to apply for funding. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2018.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related [i.e., fires of any kind, floods, tornadoes, etc.] emergencies). Therefore, EFSP funds are not to be used to provide emergency assistance for circumstances that are the immediate result of a disaster situation. EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence.

The EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.

EFSP is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions for funding. Local Boards are convened in those qualifying jurisdictions to determine the highest need and best use of funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) that will provide emergency food and shelter services. Each year, needs are to be assessed in an effort to respond to changes in the community.

Requests for Applications/Proposals

Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Valencia County, Torrance County, and the NM State Set-Aside 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.

The above named jurisdictions have been chosen to receive funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in their respective communities.

The amounts available per county are as follows:

  • Bernalillo County $351,957
  • Sandoval County $77,429
  • Torrance County $9,214
  • Valencia County $39,383
  • State Set-Aside Committee NM $9,419

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. The Local Board made up of representatives from the United Way, Jewish Federation, Catholic Charities, local government, Salvation Army, Local Food Bank, Homeless Representative, and Red Cross will determine how the funds awarded to Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Valencia County, Torrance County, and the NM State Set-Aside 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.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits 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, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Valencia County, Torrance County, and the NM State Set-Aside  has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Barrett Foundation, The Salvation Army, The Storehouse, Rio Grande Food Project, Catholic Charities, Silver horizons, Heading Home, Nacimiento, People Helping People, Midwest Community Action Program, Valencia Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Datil Community Presbyterian Church, and Spirit of Hidalgo participating. These agencies were responsible for providing 944,110 meals and 74,142 nights of lodging.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact LaNika Bullington, Grants Process Manager via email at lanika.bullington@uwcnm.org, (505)247-3671 ext. 368 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is May 31, 2018.