Emergency Food & Shelter Program

EFSP Local Board #806600 - Galveston County



The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a federally-funded program administrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Unlike FEMA’s disaster assistance programs authorized under the Stafford Act, EFSP is authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (PL 100-77). Implementation of the EFSP is not contingent on a Presidential disaster declaration, and funds are not to be used to provide emergency assistance for circumstances that are the immediate result of a disaster situation.

The purpose of the EFSP is to supplement and expand the ongoing work of local social service organizations, both non-profit and governmental, to provide shelter, food and supportive services to individuals and families who have economic emergencies. Accordingly, EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people, as well as organizations that support those at risk of becoming hungry or homeless due to economic hardships.

Local agencies chosen to receive funds must:
1. Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government
2. Have an accounting system
3. Practice nondiscrimination
4. Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
5. If they are private voluntary organizations, they must have a voluntary board

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply through United Way Galveston County Mainland at 2800 Texas Avenue, Texas City, TX 77590.  Questions about the EFSP Program should be directed to the Local Board Chair, Leslie Ornelas, at (409) 948-4211 or leslieo@uwgcm.org.