Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a federal program created by Congress in 1983 to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds, awarded through the Department of Homeland Security, for the provision of food and shelter. United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County is a sub-recipient and has a Local Board (#788600) that is responsible for the allocation of EFSP funds in its jurisdiction.

Thanks for your interest in the Bexar County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). 

THE PHASE 36 APPLICATION IS OPEN. Application Deadline is June 21, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Notifications are expected to be provided to funded agencies by July 15, 2019.

Phase 36 Application

  • Access EFSP Phase 36 Application Guide HERE.
  • Login to e-CImpact to complete and submit your application HERE.
  • Application DEADLINE is June 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm CDT.
  • Applications e-mailed or mailed/delivered to United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Phase 36 Timeline

  • Bexar County has received an award in the amount of $728,195.
  • The spending period will be February 1, 2019 through a date determined by the Local Board.
  • Notifications are expected to be provided to funded agencies by July 15, 2019.
  • Funding is released on a date selected by the EFSP National Board.

 EFSP Funded Category Information 

  • Served Meals: meal allowance of $2.00/person
  • Other Foods: food pantries/food banks
  • Mass Shelter: bed night allowance of $12.50/person
  • Rental/Mortgage: one-month amount of rent or mortgage

Click HERE for Funding Criteria

Additional Resources

  • EFSP does not provide assistance directly to individuals. If you are an individual seeking emergency food and/or shelter services in Bexar County, call the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way Helpline at 2-1-1 anytime day or night.
  • For EFSP national program information visit efsp.unitedway.org.
  • For additional information or questions, contact Susie Schumann at 210-352-7036 or sschumann@unitedwaysatx.org