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Updates to Humanitarian Program Eligibility (as of September 22, 2022)

Effective immediately, there are updates to Humanitarian Program eligibility.  An Addendum to the Humanitarian Relief Funding Guidance has been prepared and posted under the Supplemental Funding tab on the EFSP website.



The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a foundational member of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board and would like to share with our family of partner agencies information regarding its COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought grief to every corner of our nation, taking the lives of over 700,000 people. FEMA is committed to reducing the financial burden of these deaths and is providing individuals who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses with funding for eligible costs.  Since FEMA began the program, over one billion dollars in assistance has already been distributed.

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020. Like other federal assistance, these funds cannot be used in duplication of other programs.  We are seeking your assistance to help get the word out to individuals who may be eligible to apply. Click here on FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance for guidance and eligibility requirements and types of services funded.  Instructions on how to apply for this assistance through FEMA’s dedicated helpline at 1-844-684-6333 can also be found on the website.

Helpline representatives are trained to provide personal application support and answer any questions regarding program eligibility. Since this program is not administered by United Way Worldwide or the EFSP National Board, all questions should be referred to the FEMA Helpline or its website,, for more information. 

We would greatly appreciate your assistance in sharing this program with your community and partner agencies so more people are aware of this financial resource.

FEMA Extreme Heat Notification (as of September 27, 2022)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shared the attached Extreme Heat Bulletin and requested the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to share it with participants in the program.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2022 ranked among the top 10 warmest years for extreme heat world-wide.  In the United States, record setting temperatures began as early as April and continued with multiple heat waves and extreme temperatures throughout May and June.  The frequency, duration and severity of extreme heat events poses a significant threat to communities across the nation.  Therefore, many local, state, tribal and territories governments and local organizations are actively working to increase community resilience against extreme heat weather conditions and have programs and resources available to assist communities and individuals in need.

Included in the attached bulletin is additional information on resources and strategies for protecting communities from extreme heat.  These resources can be tailored to the specific needs and capacity of a community.  For more information, please go to Extreme Heat |  For further information about disaster readiness, please go to FEMA App: Take Charge of Disasters |

Communicating with EFSP Office Reminder

This message is a reminder regarding communicating with the Emergency Food and Shelter Program office.

  • Local Boards and LROs needing to submit information to the EFSP National Board may fax to (703) 706-9677 or scan and email small documents to
  • Any inquiries regarding the EFSP may be sent via email to The office is open from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during office hours, staff is available to receive calls at 703-706-9660.