Public Notice

HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND TO BE AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM PHASE 39 AND PHASE ARPAR

HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND, ANTICIPATES AN AWARD OF FEDERAL FUNDS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM (EFSP), PHASE 39 AND PHASE ARPAR.

Howard County anticipates receiving $55,960 for EFSP PHASE 39, and an additional $172,185 in EFSP PHASE ARPAR funding, to support emergency food and shelter programs in the County.

EFSP PHASE 39 and PHASE ARPAR 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 of Howard County, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, HopeWorks of Howard County, Meals on Wheels and Salvation Army.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for EFSP PHASE 39 or PHASE ARPAR funds must contact Cara Baumgartner – Office of Community Partnerships, Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, [email protected], 410-313-6411 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is April 15, 2022 by 3:00 p.m.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was established on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the "Jobs Stimulus Bill," Public Law 98-8. That legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that consisted of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide.

The EFSP was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (P.L. 100-77 signed into law on July 24, 1987, since renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and subsequently reauthorized under P.L. 100-628, signed into law on November 7, 1988). Since 1983, in its 38-year history, the EFSP will have distributed $5.03 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country through this collaborative effort between the private and public sectors.

The original authorizing legislation (PL 100-77) specifically calls for "sensitivity to the transition from temporary shelter to permanent homes and attention to the specialized needs of homeless individuals with mental and physical disabilities and illness and to facilitate access for homeless individuals to other sources of services and benefits."

Also, in accordance with the legislation, the National Board encourages Local Boards, the decision-making local bodies, to place special emphasis on identification of and assistance to the elderly, families with children, Native Americans and Veterans. In addition, the authorization as revised (PL 102-550) in 1992 requires that a homeless or formerly homeless person serve on the Local Boards.

Howard County’s Local Board

Local Boards are convened in qualifying jurisdictions to determine the highest need and best use of funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations that will provide emergency food and shelter services. Each year, needs are to be assessed to respond to changes in the community.

Howard County’s Local Board meets at least semi-annually, and their responsibilities include:

  • Electing Board Members and Board Chair for each Phase of funding
  • Set funding priorities
  • Review applications for funding
  • Allocate funds to Local Recipient Organizations
  • Address any grievances from applicants

The Department of Community Resources and Services, through it Office of Community Partnerships, is the contact and administrator for Howard County’s Local Board.

Mailing Address:

Cara Baumgartner

Office of Community Partnerships

Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services

9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

[email protected]

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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