Federal Funding for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Howard County anticipates receiving $47,019 for EFSP Phase 37, and an additional $35,709 in EFSP PHASE-CARES funding, to support emergency food and shelter programs in the County.

EFSP PHASE 37 and PHASE CARES funds are distributed by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the 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. Local Boards are 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 Howard County Local Board is made up of representatives of public and private nonprofit agencies which reflect the composition of the National Board, as well as private citizens. The Local Board will determine how the funds awarded to Howard County 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 these two Phases of the program.

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 non-discrimination, 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.

Howard County has previously distributed EFSP funds to the Community Action Council, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc., HopeWorks of Howard County, Meals on Wheels and Salvation Army. 

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for EFSP PHASE 37 or EFSP PHASE CARES funds must contact Rose Burton, Administrator – Office of Community Partnerships, Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, rburton@howardcountymd.gov, 410-313-5958 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is day, June 26, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

The Final 2019 CoC application
The Final 2019 CoC application

The Final 2019 CoC application includes: the Collaborative Application, Project Applications for PSH and Bonus for DV, Planning Project, and the CoC Priority Listing. All are finalized with all community input, edits and feedback. These are the final CoC-Approved sections of the entire Application. These will be submitted no later than September 30, 2019 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CoC Application

CoC Priority Listing

Planning Project

Shelter Plus Care

McKinney III

McKinney I

Project Revive

Project Stability

Bonus - Rapid Rehousing

Bonus - Domestic Violence Project

If you have questions, contact: Michelle L. White, MCP, CoC Manager at 410-313-5971 (voice/relay) or email mhippert@howardcountymd.gov

2019 Continuum of Care Application – Draft Available for Input

Please find two items that are open for comment/review: the 2019 Consolidated Application NOFA Response draft, and the 2019 Priority Listing (Project Application rankings) draft. The chart below lists the Project Applications that will be submitted in the 2019 NOFA. The chart includes the Scores from the Rating and Ranking Tool, and placement ranking in the Priority Listing for Tier 1 and Tier 2. Both HopeWorks and Humanim, Inc. have been electronically notified outside of e-snaps of their projects’ acceptance in the competition, and their ranking.

Any comments, questions, input, edits, please send them to Michelle L. White in email ( mhippert@howardcountymd.gov) by Tuesday, September 9, 2019, Close of Business.


NOFA Funding Chart 2019


Consolidated Application Draft 2019

Priority Listing Draft 2019

Project Application - Deadline August 27, 2019
Project Review, Score, and Ranking Procedures, Including Reallocation

For agencies who have been invited to apply for the CoC-2019 Project Applications, based on submitted letter of interests which were due on Tuesday, July 30, 3019, all final applications are due in e-snaps by Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 5:00 PM. The Rating and Ranking Committee (RNR) of the Continuum of Care Board follows the evaluation guidelines as described in the Howard County Government, Continuum of Care Policies & Procedures, effective August 2019. Page 28 through 31 outlines the process the RNR utilizes to review, rank, reject or reallocate both renewal and any new projects, including any available BONUS.

CoC Governance Policies and Procedures

In order to review outcomes based on criterion (listed on pages 29 to 30), a Project Rating and Ranking Tool is used that reviews the most recent Annual Performance Report (APR) data (directly from HMIS, as reported to HUD). All project applications will be: scored, ranked based on score, accepted/rejected/ reallocated, then placed into one of the two tiers, as determined by HUD. Below is a copy of the most recently updated Project Rating and Ranking Tool (updated based on data elements reported in APRs, and most recently updated by HUD), including the highest possible points available for each section.

Rating and Ranking Tool – 2019


Project Application Letter of Interest - Deadline July 30, 2019

Howard County Office of Community Partnerships is seeking Subrecipient Applicants for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program for Permanent Supportive Housing Projects for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  All applicants for renewal and new projects are required to submit applications.  There is a separate application for each renewal/new project, and it will be forwarded to agencies that express interest in applying.

Funding for new projects (created through Bonus, Reallocation, or Expansion) will be based on information prescribed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for FFY 2019.  Projects created through the Bonus opportunity will be made available as HUD updates geographic funding levels.  All data in renewal applications must be directly from HMIS/Service Point.

For RENEWAL projects and any NEW projects  created through reallocation, bonus or expansion, needed to submit a letter of interest to apply by Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by 2:00 PM.

Available programs for Renewal are:

McKinney I:  $340,261

McKinney III:  $234,975

Project Revive:  $51,048

Project Stability:  $104,088

(Project Stability consolidated last year’s Gateway Home and Project Stability)

COC/Shelter Plus Care:  $176,838

Bonus Project to serve victims of domestic violence:  $50,000

Bonus Project to create additional permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals and families: up to $45,360, depending on updates in fair market rents.

It is highly recommended to refer to the HUD-issued guidance as agencies prepare and apply for 2019 CoC funds. See link below.



For more information please contact :

Michelle L. White, CoC Manager

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

Office of Community Partnerships

410-313-5971 (voice/relay) or mhippert@howardcountymd.gov 

Coalition to End Homelessness - Continuum of Care (CoC)

Coalition to End Homelessness - Continuum of Care (CoC)

In 1995, HUD began requiring communities to submit one application for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants. This streamlined the application process, and encouraged the coordination of housing and support services for agencies providing direct homeless services, and placed emphasis on the development of local CoCs.  The CoC is defined as “the local planning body that coordinates housing and support services funding for homeless families and individuals.” In 2009, President Obama introduced the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. This Act amended and reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act with substantial changes. In August 2012, HUD issued the Interim Rule which provided regulations for how the HEARTH Act of 2009 would be managed and administered. 

The Purpose and Activities of the CoC are to:

  • Promote community-wide goals to end homelessness; 
  • Provide funding to quickly rehouse homeless persons; 
  • Promote access to mainstream resources; and 
  • Improve self-sufficiency among people experiencing homelessness. 

The CoC’s Primary Responsibilities are:

  • Operating the CoC 
  • Designating and Operating an Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  • CoC Planning 

The Program Components of the CoC Competitive Grant Program are: 

  • Permanent Housing (Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Rehousing)
  • Transitional Housing 
  • Support Services Only (SSO) 
  • Homeless Management and Information System (HMIS)
Coalition to End Homelessness - Continuum of Care (CoC) Board & Governance
Coalition to End Homelessness

Below is the link to become a Participating Member of the Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness. Page six of the Governance Charter, outlines Coalition General Membership (Agency or Individual), page seven outlines that membership application is sufficient for joining and the responsibilities of all members. Please complete this form if you are interested in becoming a Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness member.

Participation Agreement Form:  https://forms.gle/KSTBZ8sBabnScwDS8

Coalition to End Homelessness Governance Charter



If you have questions related to the Coalition to End Homelessnes or the Continuum of Care program, contact: Michelle L. White, MCP, CoC Manager at 410-313-5971 (voice/relay) or email mhippert@howardcountymd.gov.

Mailing Address:  
Michelle L. White, MCP, CoC Manager
Coalition to End Homelessness - Continuum of Care Program
Office of Community Partnerships
Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services
9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

 If you are experiencing homelessness or an immediate housing crisis, please contact Grassroots Crisis Intervention 24 HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE: 410-531-6677 (voice/relay).                                                                                      

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The Path Home

The Path Home

Over the last year, the Office of Community Partnerships has worked with the Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness to update and further the work of the 2010 Plan. The title of the new plan, The Path Home, refers to the Coalition’s goals to strengthen the Coordinated Entry System – the path – to allow clients to return to stable, sustainable housing. It is a five-year strategic plan to end homelessness in Howard County, and will be implemented by the Coalition through annual action plans to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief and nonrecurring. “The Path Home” has been developed in partnership with the Coalition to End Homelessness Board (CoC) with input from: the State of Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development, The National Alliance to End Homelessness, various Howard County Departments and Offices, and the community-wide Coalition to End Homelessness. 

If you have questions related to The Path Home, please contact: The Office of Community Partnerships at 410-313-6400 (voice/relay) or send written correspondence to:

Mailing Address:  
Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness
c/o Howard County Department of Community Resources & Services
Office of Community Partnerships
9830 Patuxent Woods Drive Columbia, MD 21046

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) Assessment

The DCRS Office of Community Partnerships contracted the National Alliance to End Homelessness to conduct an assessment and analysis of our homeless response system and provide actionable recommendations for system improvements. The assessment was requested to address the lack of system flow in our current homeless response system. Recommendations from this assessment will be used to support the implementation of the county’s updated plan to end homelessness, The Path Home.


National Alliance to End Homelessness Assessment


Continuum of Care (CoC) Library

Home Together-Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

Homelessness in America - Focus on Veterans

Homelessness in America - Focus on Families with Children