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Emergency Food and Shelter Program

emergency food and shelterEmergency Food & Shelter Program Phase 38 Funding Announcement

Erie County was allocated $144,799 for Phase 38. These funds have been granted to the following local organizations that meet program criteria and submitted compelling applications. On behalf of the local Emergency Food and Shelter Board, we are pleased to announce that Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank were approved for funding as follows: 

  • Salvation Army Hotel/Motel Program: $35,000
  • Second Harvest Food Bank Food Assistance Program: $109,799


The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. 

The program is governed by a National Board composed of representatives of the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The Board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

Communities that receive Emergency Food and Shelter Program allocations are required to convene a local board that mirrors the national board and that also includes representatives from local government. Local boards coordinate grant processes to subgrant the federal funds to local organizations. 

Program funds are used to provide the following in Erie County: 

  • Emergency food 
  • Hotel/motel vouchers 
  • Rent or mortgage payment assistance 
  • Utility bill payment assistance 

If you have any questions, concerns or issues about the Emergency Food and Shelter Program or would like clarity regarding the local board's timeline, please contact Erica Jackson at