Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Local Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in Philadelphia allocates funds from the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program for emergency assistance programs in Philadelphia County. EFSP’s purpose is to provide emergency shelter, food, rent/mortgage and utility assistance to individuals in dire need and for whom no other resources are available.

The EFSP Local Board is requesting funding proposals from local nonprofit agencies developed in conformity with the guidelines found in the EFSP Phase 38 RFP link below. Funding is available for eligible costs incurred from January 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. Agencies are invited to apply using the Phase 38 application form below.  

Additional information may be found on the EFSP website at https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/index.cfm. Completed applications must be electronically submitted in Word document format by noon on Friday, January 8, 2021. Please feel free to contact Cindy Volkert for assistance and to submit applications at cvolkert@chs-adphila.org.

Please feel free to share this message with other agencies that serve eligible clients in Philadelphia. The Local Board welcomes applications from agencies that have not received EFSP funding before but have the capacity to meet EFSP’s requirements and apply for and administer an effective program to provide service to eligible clients.

EFSP is a restricted federal grant and funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). While Philadelphia City/County EFSP activities are administrated by Catholic Social Services, EFSP is not a program of Catholic Social Services.