The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)
EFSP is a program created by Congress in 1983 to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds, awarded through the Department of Homeland Security, for the provision of food and shelter. The amount of funding the EFSP administers to communities throughout the nation is dependent on multiple factors, including the local unemployment rate.
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; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The Board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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