Notice of Funding Allocations for EFSP Phase 41

The Howard County Local Board has allocated funds for EFSP Phase 41 via the Local Board Plan. National EFSP has approved the Local Board Plan and funding for Phase 41 is as stated below:

EFSP Phase 41

Rental Assistance
Community Action Council  $    6,452
Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services (LARS)  $    9,600
United Way of Central Maryland  $ 12,800
Meals Served
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center  $    7,500
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland  $    3,000
Phase 41 Total Allocations  $ 39,352

Information about the allocation process is provided in the tabs for Agendas & Minutes and Funding History & Previous Applications.

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, Veterans, and people with mental and physical disabilities. 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:

  • Elect board members and a Board Chair for each Phase of funding
  • Review the needs of the community and set funding priorities accordingly
  • Review applications for funding
  • Allocate funds to Local Recipient Organizations (LROs)
  • Assist LROs in use of grant funds and correct reporting of expenditures to National EFSP
  • Address any grievances

The Department of Community Resources and Services, through its 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

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


Local Board - Minutes and Agendas


If you would like to attend the next local board meeting, email Cara Baumgartner for an invitation.


















Funding History and Previous Applications


Grievance Policy

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