Phase 40

Santa Cruz County, CA

Application Due: Friday, February 10, 2023 | 4:00 pm PST

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related). EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence. EFSP funding is open to all 501(c)(3) non-profits, faith-based organizations, and government organizations helping hungry and those experiencing homelessness. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering), and rent/mortgage.

Emergency Food & Shelter Grant

The Santa Cruz County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has received $135,081 in the Phase 40 funds. Nonprofit, faith-based, or local government agencies that provide food and shelter services may apply for funds.

Eligible Expenses and Program Strategies


  • Congregate Meals
  • Food Purchases
  • Home Delivery Meals (e.g., Meals on Wheels)


  • Mass Shelters (e.g., local shelter facilities)
  • Hotel/Motel (up to 90 days per phase)
  • Rent/Mortgage (up to 3 months or 90 days per phase)


  • Cleaning Supplies For Shelters, Feeding Sites
  • Small Equipment Purchases Up To $300 Per Item (e.g., microwave)
  • Personal Protective Equipment


  • (gas, electric, water), up to 3 months or 90 days per phase
Key Dates
  • Funding Periods: Spending period for Phase 40 November 1, 2021 - December 31, 2023
  • Proposals Deadline: February 10, 2022 by 4:00 pm PST


How To Apply

Submit the following:

  1. Completed Phase 40 Application

  2. Balance Sheet - July 1st, 2022 to December 31, 2022

  3. Profit and Loss Report - July 2021 - June 30, 2022

  4. Most Recent Complete Audit

  5. Proposed Project Budget and Project Budget Narrative 

All documents must be emailed to Kassandra Flores at kflores@unitedwaysc.org  
(No Hard Copies)

by Friday, February 10, 2023 by 4:00 pm PST.

Local Recipient Organizations (LRO) seeking forms or manuals should log in to their online account at efsp.unitedway.org.


Local Board:

Board Member agencies are representative of:

  • National agencies: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 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
  • Homeless Advocate
  • Local Non-Profits

Local Boards set funding priorities based on eligible program costs annually prior to the selection of agencies for funding. Local Boards must look at the resources available in the community, the emergency food and shelter needs of the community, gaps in services in the community and focus the dollars to address these needs in the areas of emergency food and shelter.

The priorities may vary from year to year, so each award phase must be evaluated individually.

Once priorities are set, the Local Board reviews proposals and selects organizations for funding to help meet the identified needs.

This year, the local Board is requesting that applying agencies leverage partnerships, funding, and prevention solutions to complement the immediate relief provided by emergency food and shelter grants.  

Local Leadership

The 2022-2023 Santa Cruz County Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board is:

  • Aurelio Salazar, Chair - Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey
  • Angela Di Novella - Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey
  • Annette Melendrez - Pajaro Valley Shelter Services 
  • Denise Acosta - Salvation Army Watsonville
  • Emily Balli - County of Santa Cruz - Human Services Department
  • Nora Krantzler - Homeless Action Partnership
  • Patsy Hernandez Gasca -American Red Cross
  • Tatiana Stone - Housing Matters
  • Keisha Browder - United Way of Santa Cruz County 

For more information about the Emergency Food and Shelter Program or the Local Board, please visit EFSP website or contact:

Kassandra Flores - 211 Senior Manager, United Way of Santa Cruz County 

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