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Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

imageThe Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a FEMA-funded program authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. The program supplements and expands ongoing work of local nonprofit and governmental social service organizations to provide shelter, food, and supportive services to individuals and families who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, hunger and/or homelessness. The EFSP National Board is the sole recipient of EFSP grant funds from FEMA and establishes the program’s policies, procedures, and guidelines.


A meeting will be held at the Lewis County Courthouse at 1:30pm on April 21, 2022. All who are interested in learning more about this program or applying for this program are encouraged to attend. Public or private voluntary nonprofit agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Michelle Lyons (208) 937-2341 or email mlyons@lewiscountyid.org for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is April 21, 2022 at 1:30pm.


Lewis County Local Board has been awarded Emergency Food and Shelter Board funds through the State Set-Aside program for two phases. Phase ARPA-R in the amount of $3,461.00 and Phase39 in the amount of $2,800.00. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The eligibly criteria for his program is be nonprofit or agency of the government, not be debarred or suspended from receiving federal funding, have a checking account with EFT, have an account system approved by the Local Board, have a FEIN, have a DUNS number, have a valid email address for program communication and Esign processes; conduct annual audits, provide services in Lewis County, practice nondiscrimination, have a voluntary board and involve if practicable homeless through employment, volunteer programs etc., in providing emergency food and shelter services.

A Local Board made up of volunteer Lewis County residents will determine how the funds awarded above are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Lewis County EFSP Program

This program will fund emergency food, shelter and utility payments. Lewis County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Kamiah Senior Citizen Center, Emergency Feeding Outreach, and Community Action Partnership participating. These agencies were responsible for providing 1643 meals. Public or private voluntary nonprofit agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact:

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Michelle Lyons
Program Coordinator
Phone: (208) 937-2341
Email: mlyons@lewiscountyid.org

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