Emergency Food and Shelter Program

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The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. The program is governed by a national board composed of representatives of the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; United Jewish Communities; The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; and United Way of America. The Board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The program's objectives are to:

  1. Allocate funds to the neediest areas. 
  2. Ensure fast response. 
  3. Foster public/private sector cooperation. 
  4. Ensure local decision making. 
  5. Maintain minimal, but accountable, reporting.

How is the Program Governed Locally?

The program is a model of public-private cooperation. Each civil jurisdiction (a county or city) funded by the program must constitute a local board. The board must be composed of representatives of the same organizations as those on the National Board, with a local government official replacing the FEMA representative. The Local Board members elect their chair. Local boards may also have additional members, and, since 1993, local boards have been required to include a homeless or formerly homeless person as a member. If a jurisdiction is located within or encompasses a federally recognized Indian reservation, a Native American representative must be invited to serve on the local board.

The National Board awards funds to jurisdictions based upon a formula; in addition, a small portion of the overall award is allocated by formula to state set-aside committees, who then allocate funds to jurisdictions based upon the criteria they feel is most appropriate.

Once an award is made by either the National Board or a state set-aside committee, local boards decide which agencies are to receive funds, and then those agencies are paid directly by the National Board. Within a jurisdiction, no more than 2% of the entire award may be used for administrative costs by the local board and agencies combined.

Current Awards:

There are no current award opportunities.

Previous Awards:

May 2021 - Clarke County has been selected to receive an award of $12,240 and Shenandoah Countyhas been selected to receive an award of $51,303 under Phase 38 of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

Phase 38 Award Shenandoah County:

  • $50,277 - Faithworks for rent/mortgage assistance ($24,000), motel vouchers ($17,500), and food ($8,777).

Phase 38 Award Clarke County:

  • $6,000 - FISH of Clarke County for food vouchers
  • $5,995 - Faithworks for rent/mortgage assistance. 

United Way NSV will receive $1,026 in administrative allowance (2%) in Shenandoah County and $245 in Clarke County. 

December 2020 - The Winchester jurisdiction has been selected to receive an award of $9,468 under Phase 38 of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Congress has appropriated $125,000,000 to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs. The National Board has also included a reallocation of $15 million in the Phase 38 awards. The total available for allocation in Phase 38 is $140 million. The jurisdiction's award is based upon the jurisdiction's total number of unemployed as compared to the total number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions.

Phase 38 Award Winchester City:

  • $9,468 - Faithworks for motel vouchers ($4,000) and rent/mortgage assistance ($5,468)
  • $5,000 - Blue Ridge Housing Network for rent and utility assistance
  • $3,380 - The Laurel Center for shelter and meals
  • $11,947 – Faithworks for motel vouchers ($2,220), utility assistance ($3,247), rent/mortgage assistance ($6,500)
  • $7,784 was awarded to Faithworks to provide rental assistance.
  • $7,621 was awarded to Faithworks to provide rental assistance. 
  • $4,112 was awarded to Faithworks
  • $2,500 was awarded to The Laurel Center
  • $4,000 was awarded to Faithworks for rent/mortgage assistance
  • $3,332 was awarded to Highland Food Pantry for utility assistance

May 2020 - The Winchester jurisdiction has been selected to receive an award of $8,380 under Phase 37 and $11,947 under Phase CARES of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Congress has appropriated $120 million under Phase 37 and $200 million under Phase CARES to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs. Our jurisdiction's award is based upon total number of unemployed.

Phase 37 Awards:

  • Phase CARES Award:

    July 2019 - The Winchester jurisdiction has been selected to receive an award of $7,784 under Phase 36 of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Congress has appropriated $120 million to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs. Our jurisdiction's award is based upon total number of unemployed.

    July 2018- The Winchester jurisdiction has been selected to receive an award of $7,621 under Phase 35 of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Congress has appropriated $120 million to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs. Our jurisdiction's award is based upon total number of unemployed.

    August 2017 - The Winchester jurisdiction has been selected to receive an award of $6,612.00 under Phase 34 of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Congress has appropriated $120 million to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs. Our jurisdiction's award is based upon total number of unemployed. 

    August 2016 - The Winchester jurisdiction has been selected to receive an award of $7,332.00 under Phase 33 of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Congress has appropriated $120 million to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs. Our jurisdiction's award is based upon total number of unemployed.