Phase 39 and ARPA-R (American Rescue Plan Act-Regular)

Santa Cruz County, CA

Application Due: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 | 5:00 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 and Shelter Grants Phase 39 & ARPA-R

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has awarded support to Santa Cruz County for FY 2022 in the amount of $551,120. 

  • Phase 39 - $134,723 
  • Phase ARPA-R $416,397 

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 39 & ARPA-R November 1, 2021 - April 23, 2022
  • Proposals Deadline: February 23, 2022 by 5:00 pm PST


How To Apply

Submit the following:

  1. Balance Sheet - July 1st, 2021 to Present

  2. Profit and Loss Report - July 2020 - June 30, 2021

  3. Most Recent Complete Audit

  4. Completed Phase 39 & Phase ARPA-R Application

All documents must be emailed to Ash Gonzalez at agonzalez@unitedwaysc.org  (No Hard Copies)

by Wednesday, February 23, 2022 by 5:00 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 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 

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