Emergency & Transitional Housing & Services (ETHS)

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The Emergency and Transitional Housing and Services (ETHS) Program provides State funding for emergency and transitional shelters for people who are homeless. The ETHS Program funds shelter beds and support services such as limited rent assistance, food, transportation, and case management.

ETHS, is administered locally with significant involvement of local homelessness agencies in our county. The successful interaction of local and State groups demonstrate that partnerships are an essential element of this program.

Human Service Providers
In Harford County, a group of human service providers offer a variety of services to assist a person in moving from homelessness to self-sufficiency. The human service providers are organized through the "Harford Roundtable." They work to identify and remedy many of the obstacles facing homeless persons and those at risk of homelessness.

Freezing & Inclement Weather Plan
The Harford Roundtable is involved in providing outreach efforts to persons in our community living outside, through the County's Freezing and Inclement Weather Plan:
  • This plan describes specific procedures and details the resources available to people in our county who are homeless.
  • Each year the plans are updated and submitted to the Maryland Department of Human Resource's Office of Transitional Services.
  • View the county's Freezing and Inclement Weather Plan (PDF).
Funding Requirements
Funding Source: Maryland Department of Human Resources
The Maryland Department of Human Resources' (DHR) Department of Transitional Services requests all Local Administering Agency (LAA) to submit, an application for funding.
  • The local LAA is Harford County Housing & Community Development.
  • Applications are typically due in the spring.
  • The LAA issues a formal Request for Proposal to solicit proposals for funding to eligible applicants in our community.
  • An eligible applicants must be a 501 (c) (3), nonprofit organization or agency involved in either offering transitional or emergency housing to homeless persons, or homelessness prevention services to people at risk of homelessness.
  • Eligible applicants must be actively involved in the Harford Roundtable, the homeless continuum for the county. To become involved in the Harford Roundtable call Harford County Housing & Community Development at 410-638-3045. Voice/TTY
Examples of Organizations Funded
  • Associated Catholic Charities' Anna's House
  • Department of Social Services
  • Harford Family House
  • Sexual Assault/Spousal Abuse Resource Center, Inc. (SARC)
  • Salvation Army