The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a Federally-funded program that supplements the work of local social service agencies to help people experiencing economic emergencies. United Way of Long Island administers the EFSP Local Board for the Nassau-Suffolk region and a team of approved community-based organizations disburses services and funding on behalf of eligible applicants. The program provides funding for emergency food and shelter, as well as one-time emergency rent, mortgage and utility assistance for those not eligible for local government aid.
2017 EFSP Program Assistance: $1,136,030
In 2017, EFSP received $1,136,030 in federal funds to provide assistance to Nassau and Suffolk County residents in three areas: Mass Shelter, serving homeless families and individuals needing emergency shelter; Emergency Food, serving food insecure households through food pantries and soup kitchens; and Emergency Rent/Mortgage/Utility Assistance, serving households qualified under Federal guidelines facing eviction, foreclosure or termination of services with one-time help.
The Long Island region must qualify each year for Federal EFSP funding and distributing agencies provide assistance during a fixed timeframe until all funds are exhausted. When the program is open, Long Islanders needing emergency assistance may find an EFSP provider by calling United Way’s 2-1-1 Long Island Call Center for a referral.