Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

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Phoenix, AZ, April 12, 2018 – The Local Board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in Maricopa County is requesting proposals for funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county for Phase 35. The amount of funding expected for Phase 35 is $1,678,783.00.  The selection of jurisdictions receiving any awards is made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. Funding may be made available by a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The Local Maricopa County EFSP Board will distribute any funds that may be received through this program that will expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in Maricopa County.  The local board, made up of local representatives of local government, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, the Native American Community, United Way of America, the Association of Arizona Food Banks and the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness will determine how the possible  funds awarded to Maricopa County 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 available under this phase of the program.  The WHEAT organization is acting as the administrative agency for the Local Maricopa County EFSP Board.

Local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  • be a 501 (c)(3) non-profit or a unit of government,
  • have an accounting system,
  • practice non-discrimination,
  • have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
  • and if they are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, have a voluntary board.

The Local Maricopa County EFSP Board will consider the awarding of funds to local organizations for the following purposes:

  • Food, in the form of served meals or groceries (food boxes),
  • Shelter, in the form of lodging in a mass shelter or rental assistance for first month’s rent or late rent.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.  Individuals cannot apply for this funding.

  • Agencies interested in applying for funding in Phase 35 must email WHEAT at wheat@HungerHurts.org  for a Password and User ID to access the online application on or after Wednesday, April 25, 2018. 
  • Applications are submitted via an online system and will be available on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.   
  • Applicants new to the process will need to attend an orientation on the funding and application process prior to applying. 
  • The deadline for applications to be received is Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm. 

 Questions concerning this process may be directed to WHEAT by email wheat@HungerHurts.org or by telephone at 602-955-5076.

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WHEAT  (www.HungerHurts.org) is a statewide anti-hunger organization staffing the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Maricopa County.

 

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WHEAT staffs and administers the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in Maricopa County, as well as the Arizona State Set-Aside Committee.  Visit the local site for more information at EFSP Maricopa County Local Board

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 funding is made available to local jurisdictions by a National Board that is chaired by a FEMA representative with national representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, and United Way of America.

When a jurisdiction (Maricopa County) is funded, the Local Board must advertise the availability of funds. Local organizations, whether nonprofit or governmental, may apply. The Maricopa County Board is made up of representatives reflecting the National Board and solicits proposals through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process from qualifying organizations and then determines how funds allocated to Maricopa County by the National Board are to be distributed.

The Local Board is responsible for considering all applications, and for determining which organizations will receive funds. The Local Board also determines which services are funded. There is no national application process.

Once a Local Board Plan is submitted and approved for allocation of funds, funding passes directly from the National EFSP program to the local agencies that are awarded funding through the Local process.

Local Recipient Organizations chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits (with a voluntary board) or units of government; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.  All qualified organizations are urged to apply when funding is made available through a local RFP process.

How Are Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds Used?

Program funds are used to provide the following in Maricopa County:

  • Food, in the form of served meals and food boxes.
  • Lodging in a mass shelter.
  • One month’s rent payment for first month’s or late month’s rent.

EFSP Agency Eligibility Criteria

  1. The organization must be a non-profit, 501(c)(3) or an agency of government;
  2. The organization must have an accounting system and conduct an  independent annual audit;
  3. The organization must practice non-discrimination;
  4. If a religious organization, the organizations agrees not to refuse services to an applicant based upon religion; requiring attendance  at religious services; and engaging in any religious proselytizing in any program receiving EFSP funds;
  5. If the organization is a private voluntary organization it must have a voluntary board;
  6. The agency must be handicap accessible.

All qualified organizations are urged to apply when funding is made available through the local RFP process.

When an EFSP Request For Proposals process is open, there will be an announcement on this website and also in local newspapers. Please follow the directions in the announcement to begin the application process.

To be alerted via email on RFP openings in the future, please send an email to info@efsp-maricopa.org, with ADD TO EFSP INFO LIST, in the Subject Line.