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Emergency Food And Shelter Funding

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was awarded federal funds made available from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and from the American Relief Plan Act (ARPA-R) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Worcester County, MA has been allocated $393,848 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county in this funding process labeled Phase 40.


A Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under these two phases of the program. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds; 3) have an accounting system; 4) practice nondiscrimination; 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.


Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. In the previous Phases, Emergency Food and Shelter funds were awarded to 25 Local Recipient Organizations. These LROs (agencies) are responsible for providing food, meals, shelter, rent/mortgage, utility, and fuel assistance throughout Worcester County, MA. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program Phase 40 funds must complete the applications available at https://agency.e-cimpact.com/ Organization Code 23520U. Please email efsp@unitedwaycm.org for additional information or assistance.