The federally-funded Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) provides assistance for food, utilities and shelter to individuals and families in emergency situations who meet the federal eligibility guidelines. United Way of Long Island administers the program for the Long Island region.
Last year, 13 local nonprofit community partner organizations helped distribute $525,705 in emergency aid to Long Islanders in need. EFSP dollars are distributed by the National EFSP to United Way of Long Island's community partner agencies.
Where to Turn for Help
The Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program is currently closed. 2013 federal funding has not yet been appropriated to the local jurisdictions. Households in need of emergency assistance may visit United Way’s information database at www.211longisland.org or call 2-1-1 (or toll free at 1-888-774-7633) between the hours of 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week, to search for resources or contact the Dept. of Social Service.