HUD – Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program (2014)

Description: The ESG program provides funding to:

  • Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;
  • Improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families;
  • Help operate these shelters;
  • Provide essential services to shelter residents;
  • Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families; and
  • Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.

ESG funds may be used for five program components: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing assistance, and HMIS; as well as administrative activities (up to 7.5% of a recipient’s allocation can be used for administrative activities).

Eligible costs for homeless prevention include:

  • Rental Assistance: rental assistance and rental arrears
  • Financial assistance: rental application fees, security and utility deposits, utility payments, last month’s rent, moving costs
  • Services: housing search and placement, housing stability case management, landlord-tenant mediation, tenant legal services, credit repair

Funding Title:   HUD Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

Agency Name:   Department of Housing and Urban Development

Funding Instrument Type:    Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:   Yes

Target Population:   Homeless people

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:   No

How to Apply: Eligible recipients apply through the Consolidated Planning process. Each jurisdiction should submit its Consolidated Plan to the local HUD field office no later than 45 days before the start of its consolidated program year in accordance with the regulations at 24 CFR Part 91. For the specific planning and submission requirements, see 24 CFR part 91 and 576.200.

Estimated Total Program Funding:   $250,000,000

Eligible Applicants:

ESG is a formula grant program. Eligible recipients generally consist of metropolitan cities, urban counties, territories, and states, as defined in 24 CFR 576.2.

Metropolitan cities, urban counties and territories may subgrant ESG funds to private nonprofit organizations.

State recipients must subgrant all of their ESG funds (except for funds for administrative costs and under certain conditions, HMIS costs) to units of general purpose local government and/or private nonprofit organizations.

All recipients must consult with the Continuum(s) of Care operating within the jurisdiction in determining how to allocate ESG funds.

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:   See:

Current/Past Funding Recipients: See:

Link to Full Announcement: (fact sheet)

Contact Information:

Categories: Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Homeless, Housing, Housing and Urban Development, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Subgrant Possibilities

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