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 Tues