Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

The national Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies in an effort to help people with economic (not disaster-related) emergencies.

Locally, needs are assessed annually in an effort to adapt to particular community needs.

Eligible clients may receive utility, housing, or food assistance.

  • Income for all household members combined may not exceed 150% of current federal poverty guidelines.
  • Applicant must be the party responsible for costs of applicable benefit.
  • Applicant must present evidence of an extraordinary or exceptional circumstance that brought about the emergency situation.

For more information, please contact the county coordinator for your county (information found on our Locations page), or contact Melanie Lawrence, CSBG Program Manager, at (270) 782-3162 ext. 244.