Federal Funding for Emergency Food and Shelter Program
Howard County anticipates receiving $39,074 to support emergency food and shelter programs in Howard County.
EFSP 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 this Phase 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 36 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 Monday, July 19, 2019 by 3:00 p.m.
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. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager at 410-313-5971 (voice/relay) or email mhippert@howardcountymd.gov.

Mailing Address:  
Michelle L. Hippert, 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).  

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

Final CoC FY2017 Project Awards

2017 CoC Projects Request Award Units
Project Revive $ 44,568.00 $ 41,880.00 2
Shelter Plus Care $ 151,158.00 $ 140,826.00 9
McKinney III $ 229,995.00 $ 229,179.00 13
McKinney I $ 291,060.96 $ 270,997.00 18
Project Stability $ 45,752.00 $ 42,876.00 2
Gateway Home $ 45,752.00 $ 42,876.00 2
Total $ 808,285.96 $ 768,634.00 46

Previous Submissions

1. Project Revive  

2. Shelter Plus Care

3. McKinney III

4. McKinney I

5. Project Stability

6. Gateway Home

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development 

Current Awards: 
Emergency and Transitional Housing Program (ETHS) – FY18 
o HopeWorks of Howard County: $31,474  - Safe House Shelter
o Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.: $30,000 – Motel Shelter

Service Linked Housing Program (SLHP) – FY18 
o Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc. - $18,000 – Stabilization Services

Emergency Solutions Grant – FFY16 
o Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.
o HopeWorks of Howard County, Inc. 
o Howard County Department of Corrections 
o Community Action Council 

Emergency Solutions Grant – FFY17 
o Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.
o HopeWorks of Howard County, Inc. 
o Howard County Department of Corrections 
o Bridges to Housing Stability 

Policy Guide 2017

Questions? Contact Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager, at 410-313-5971 (voice/relay) or mhippert@howardcountymd.gov

Housing for All

The Office of Community Partnerships’ Continuum of Care Program is facilitating a Howard County, Maryland Plan to End Homelessness update, to be named, Housing for All. Housing for All will be Howard County's new 5-year plan to end and prevent homelessness in Howard County. Housing for All is being developed with input from Federal, State, and Howard County Departments and Offices as well as community advocates, faith community members, and experts in the field of ending homelessness. 

 

Housing For All Planning Meeting Documents from Tuesday, October 25, 2016
AGENDA
Housing for All Presentation

If you have questions related to Housing for All process, please contact: Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager at 410-313-5971 (voice/relay) or email mhippert@howardcountymd.gov.

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