Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)



August 1, 2019:  (This is an update to the preliminary notice sent on July 2, 2019. The information herein is subject to change should new information become available regarding the Supplemental Appropriations Humanitarian Assistance grant to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.)

The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act was signed into law on July 1, 2019. The Act provides humanitarian aid to the southern border, including $30 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). The $30million funding is to assist local communities that have been helping a significant influx of southern border migrants released from DHS custody. Specifically, funds shall be used to reimburse eligible nonprofit and government agencies that have expended funds on or after January 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.

The National Board has determined that, initially, reimbursements will be made for direct food and shelter expenses. Any nonprofit or government agency may apply for funds, current or former EFSP participation is not a requisite for participation. Only agencies who can document expenditures made to deliver direct services to southern border migrants released from DHS custody will be considered to receive reimbursement for eligible services provided. Any agency that did not provide direct services from January 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019 in response to an influx of southern border migrants in their community who were released from DHS custody will not be considered to receive initial funds.