Emergency Food and Shelter Program

About the National EFSP

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the “Jobs Stimulus Bill,” Public Law 98-8. The EFSP aims to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related emergencies [i.e., fires of any kind, floods, tornadoes, etc.]). The EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering), and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.

With the 1983 signing of the “Jobs Stimulus Bill,” a National Board was created, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that consisted of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide.

Since its inception, the EFSP has distributed over $4.4 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the United States.


The National Board selects jurisdictions for funding, and Maui County is one of the local jurisdictions in Hawaii. Local Boards are convened in those qualifying jurisdictions to determine the highest need and best use of funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) that will provide emergency food and shelter services. Each year, needs are to be assessed to respond to changes in the community. Maui United Way serves as the administrator of the EFSP Local Board in Maui County.

Maui County’s Phase 38 Allocation: $127,189

Phase 38 Local Recipient Organizations
  • Emergency Shelter: Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center
  • Emergency Food: The Salvation Army, Maui Food Bank, St. Theresa's Hale Kau Kau, Na Hoaloha Interfaith Volunteers, Ka Hale Pomaika'i and Hale Makua
  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance: Ka Hale Pomaika'i
  • Administration: Maui United Way

The Maui County Local Board is currently administering Phases 39 and ARPA-R. The Local Board will determine how the funds will be allocated. The number of individuals served by the LRO's who apply and the capability to administer the funds are key factors that will impact the amount each LRO is awarded.

Maui County’s Phase 39 Allocation: $123,515

Maui County’s ARPA-R Allocation: $381,754

Phase 39 and ARPA-R Local Recipient Organizations will be determined at the EFSP Maui County Local Board Meeting on February 24, 2022.

Nonprofit, faith-based, and governmental organizations that provide food, shelter, and supportive services within the intent of the program.

  • Past EFSP participation is not a requirement
  • Submit applications to the Local Board for funding
  • Must have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number
  • Must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Maintain a checking account in the organization’s name for EFSP deposits
  • Pay vendors directly within 90 days for services provided
  • Submit required reports
  • Any agency that is awarded funds that participated in the EFSP in the past and has outstanding compliance exceptions must resolve them prior to the release of funds.

The application for Phase 39 and ARPA-R funding is currently open. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 17, 2022.

To apply, organizations must complete the application for EFSP funding in Maui County. Current or former EFSP participation is not a requirement. Interested agencies must submit an application to the Local Board in the jurisdiction where they are providing services.

Remember that each Phase/Fiscal Year is considered new and funding to agencies is not guaranteed. See the national EFSP website for further details, instruction manuals, and recorded webinars. Please contact Makana Nunes with questions.

Local Board Contact for Maui County

Makana Nunes
Community Impact Coordinator
E: makana@mauiunitedway.org
P: 808-244-8787

Maui United Way
95 Mahalani St, Room 24
Wailuku, HI 96793