The purpose of the EFSP is to supplement and expand the ongoing work of local social service organizations, both non-profit and governmental, to provide shelter, food and supportive services to individuals and families who have economic emergencies. Accordingly, EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping, as well as organizations that support those at risk of becoming hungry or homeless due to economic hardships.
Special needs, including both mental and physical disabilities as well as chronic illness, can be a barrier to accessing quality housing for individuals and their families. Once housing is secured, it’s often not a guarantee that finding housing will be easy in the future. Natural disasters can upset the delicate balance that these individuals and their families have built, and that’s where ESFP steps in.
Here in New Mexico, people in Rio Arriba, Taos and Colfax counties who are experiencing hunger and homelessness due to natural disasters can access ESFP’s services. Depending the board in the funded jurisdiction, program funds are used to provide one month’s rent or mortgage payment, and one month’s utility bill.