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Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

Freeport/Roosevelt EOC

George Hurst - Acting Director

281 Babylon turnpike
Roosevelt, NY 11575
(516) 546-6121

Disaster Line (516) 623-0023

Fax (516) 867-6301

Glen Cove EOC

Irma Jeanty - Director

140 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Cove, NY 11542
(516) 801-2672

Fax (516) 676-4958

Hempstead EOC

Mateo Flores - Director

134 Jackson Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 486-2800

Disaster Line (516) 408-3063

Fax (516) 478-4282

Port Washington CAC

Mario Martinez - Director

382 Main Street
Port Washington, NY 11050
(516) 883-3201

Disaster Line (516) 883-5499

Fax (516) 883-2467

Rockville Centre EOC

Mario Mency - Director

140 No. Centre Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
(516) 764-4500

Disaster Line (516) 599-5499

Fax (516) 763-2467

About Us

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was established on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the "Jobs Stimulus Bill," Public Law 98-8. That legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that consisted 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 EFSP was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (P.L. 100-77 signed into law on July 24, 1987, since renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and subsequently reauthorized under P.L. 100-628, signed into law on November 7, 1988). Since 1983, in its 38-year history, the EFSP will have distributed $5.03 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country through this collaborative effort between the private and public sectors.


The original authorizing legislation (PL 100-77) specifically calls for "sensitivity to the transition from temporary shelter to permanent homes and attention to the specialized needs of homeless individuals with mental and physical disabilities and illness and to facilitate access for homeless individuals to other sources of services and benefits." 


Also in accordance with the legislation, the National Board encourages Local Boards, the decision-making local bodies, to place special emphasis on identification of and assistance to the elderly, families with children, Native Americans and Veterans. In addition, the authorization as revised (PL 102-550) in 1992 requires that a homeless or formerly homeless person serve on the Local Boards.

Services Offered

For More Information or to request assistance from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program

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  • Assistance With Rental Arrears

  • Assistance With Utility Arrears

  • Assistance With Food/Diapers

  • Assistance With Mortgage Arrears

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