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The Emergency Food and Shelter (EFS) Program was created by Congress in 1983 to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating funds for the provision of food and shelter. To accomplish this, the program supplements the work of local agencies already providing such help at the community level. This add-on approach allows the program to keep a low administrative overhead of less than 3% of the total allocation. During its first 13 years of operation, the program disbursed over $1.4 billion to over 10,500 non-profit and local government agencies in more than 2,500 jurisdictions.
The Los Angeles Emergency Food & Shelter Program Local Board funds on average 150 agencies, with approximately 30 new agencies each year. Grants range from $1,000 - $300,000 with the typical grant being between $10,000 and $20,000. The EFSP also acts as the Designated Local Board for the State of California Emergency Housing and Assistance Program (EHAP). The EHAP provides operational and capital development funds to emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities.
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