United Way Bay Area

Helping people in times of crisis

The National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created by Congress in 1983 to help social service agencies provide emergency help to people in need.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chairs the National Board, and United Way Worldwide is the fiscal agent and staff for the program.

United Way Bay Area supports the program locally, distributing $56 million throughout our community since its inception. Approximately $1.8 million was allocated in the Bay Area in 2015. Each year, EFSP provides 2 million meals, 75,000 nights of shelter and 500 rent or utility bills in the Bay Area.

Money is used to help struggling Bay Area residents access basic needs, including:

  • FOOD - soup kitchens, food and restaurant vouchers, food pantry boxes
  • SHELTER - mass emergency shelter facilities and motel shelter vouchers
  • RENT/MORTGAGE - assistance with back rent to prevent homelessness
  • UTILITY - assistance with gas and electric bills

County Application Information & FormsPhase 33

All Counties—General Documents

DUNS Number Information (DOC)


LRO Responsibilities (PDF)

Eligible/Ineligibe Costs (PDF)


Santa Clara County

Application (PDF)

Application (DOC)