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Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The federally-funded, Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), provides assistance for food, utilities and shelter (mass shelter, rent or mortgage) 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. This year, 13 local nonprofit community partner organizations will distribute $1,136,030 in emergency aid to Long Islanders in-need. EFSP dollars are distributed by the National EFSP to United Way of Long Island's EFSP agencies.  The current EFSP Phase 34 program closes nationwide on January 31, 2018.

Where to Turn for Help

Households in need of emergency assistance may call United Way's 2-1-1 Information and Referral Call Center at 2-1-1(or toll free at 1-888-774-7633) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week for a referral to an EFSP partner or visit the 2-1-1 database at to search for EFSP partners or the local Dept. of Social Service.