The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the “Jobs Stimulus Bill,” Public Law 98-8. The EFSP aims to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related emergencies [i.e., fires of any kind, floods, tornadoes, etc.]). 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.
With the 1983 signing of the “Jobs Stimulus Bill,” a National Board was created, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that consisted of representatives of the 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.
Since its inception, the EFSP has distributed over $4.4 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the United States.
The National Board selects jurisdictions for funding, and Maui County is one of the local jurisdictions in Hawaii. 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 to respond to changes in the community. Maui United Way serves as the administrator of the EFSP Local Board in Maui County.
Maui County’s Phase 38 Allocation: $127,189
The Maui County Local Board is currently administering Phases 39 and ARPA-R. The Local Board will determine how the funds will be allocated. The number of individuals served by the LRO's who apply and the capability to administer the funds are key factors that will impact the amount each LRO is awarded.
Nonprofit, faith-based, and governmental organizations that provide food, shelter, and supportive services within the intent of the program.
The application for Phase 39 and ARPA-R funding is currently open. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 17, 2022. To apply, organizations must complete the application here for EFSP funding in Maui County. Current or former EFSP participation is not a requirement. Interested agencies must submit an application to the Local Board in the jurisdiction where they are providing services. Remember that each Phase/Fiscal Year is considered new and funding to agencies is not guaranteed. See the national EFSP website for further details, instruction manuals, and recorded webinars. Please contact Makana Nunes with questions.
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Maui United Way
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