Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies For 2018 Garland County has been awarded $30,902.

A Local Board made up of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, City of Hot Springs, Garland County,Jewish Foundations, Protestant Churches, Salvation Army, and United Way determines how funds awarded to Garland County are to be distributed.The Local Board is convened to select Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) that will provide emergency food and shelter services. 

EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering), and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only. Under the terms of the grant, 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 demostrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs

  6. If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply each year upon notice of the award. Previously, EFSP funds have been distributed with American Red Cross, Jackson House, St. Luke's Episopal Church, Ouachita Children's Center and Salvation Army.
In 2017, EFSP provided rent and utility assistance for 67 families and 1,058 nights of lodging to individuals and families.
The LROs chosen for 2018 are:
  • Community Service Organization (CSO) - Rent and Mortgage Assistance
  • Ouachita Children's Center - Mass Shelter

  • Salvation Army - Utility Assistance