Federal Funding for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Howard County anticipates receiving $49,495 for EFSP Phase 38, to support emergency food and shelter programs in the County.

EFSP PHASE 38 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 38 funds must contact Cara Baumgartner – Office of Community Partnerships, Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, cbaumgartner@howardcountymd.gov, 410-313-6411 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is: March 10, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.