FEMA announced a $530 million allocation to the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), which supports communities so local organizations can feed, shelter, and provide critical resources to people who lack access to food and/or housing.
These funds are for people with economic, non-disaster related emergencies and can be used for a broad range of services, including:
- Mass sheltering and feeding;
- Food banks and pantries;
- Utility bill payments to prevent cut-offs;
- Rent and mortgage payments to prevent evictions and foreclosures; and
- Transition assistance from shelters to stable living conditions.
The National Board is chaired by FEMA with representatives from 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.
Congress appropriated $130 million through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and $400 million through Section 4007 of the American Rescue Plan to the EFSP.
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