Emergency Food & Shelter Partnership

Emergency Food & Shelter Partnership

The United Way of Bay County is proud of our partnership with the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. United Way of Bay County is the lead agency that facilitates the grant funding process that provides nearly $60,000 a year in funding to local agencies who address emergency needs.


Per EFSP guidelines, a local board made up of representatives from government, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, a homeless representative and members of the Catholic, Jewish and protestant community are responsible for recommending agencies to receive funds available. This is part of a congressional grant of approximately $200 million dollars to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs.

In order to receive funds, an agency must:

  • Be private voluntary non-profit or units of government
  • If they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board
  • Have an accounting system
  • Practice non-discrimination
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
  • Any agency receiving funds will be required to submit an EFSB Report to the Local Board on numbers of clients served, service provided and funds expended at six months and year end of the funding cycle.
  • All clients served must be Bay County residents.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for funds to assist with rent/mortgage assistance, utilities/energy, food, shelter for vulnerable populations must contact Archie Gittins at (989) 893-7508, ext. 12.


The grant funding is available annually and details of the exact award amount and the method to apply will be posted to the United Way of Bay County website in the first quarter of each year.

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