Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Dona Ana County Emergency Food & Shelter Program has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP). Dona Ana County EFSP has been awarded $126,740 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Dona Ana County.

Application Due, Tuesday May 15, 2018 by 5PM via email. 
Email to Sara Armijo at sara.armijo@uwswnm.org.

The National Board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency consists of representatives from 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. The Local Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

The United Way of Southwest New Mexico administers the local program under the guidance of the local volunteer board. The Local Board made up of the Salvation Army, the Catholic Diocese, the United Way of Southwest New Mexico, Protestant Council of Churches, and the private sector will determine how the funds awarded to Dona Ana County, NM are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under the phase of the program.


Below is all the information needed to check eligibility and responsibilities associated with the EFSP funding.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government,

2) be eligible to receive Federal funds,

3) have an accounting system,

4) practice nondiscrimination,

5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and

6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. 


The new Federal guidelines for Phase 35 have not been released. Please click here for the Phase 35 Manual and Phase 35 key changes. Also, please review the following categories of each area of funding under the EFSP award.

Mass Shelter

Other Food

Other Shelter


Served Meals

Utilities - Metered 

Utilities -- Non-metered

After reviewing the Manual and eligibility, if you feel your organization meets the criteria and would like to apply for Phase 35 EFSP Funding Please click here to download the application.

To view more information about the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, please visit www.efsp.unitedway.org

For more information about the Local Board for local funding please email Sara Armijo, Board Contact, at sara.armijo@uwswnm.org.