Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program

The Emergency Shelter Grants Program was originally established by the Homeless Housing Act of 1986, in response to the growing issue of homelessness among men, women, and children in the United States. In 1987, the ESG Program was incorporated into subtitle B of Title IV of the Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11371-11378). On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed a bill to reauthorize HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs, renaming the program "Emergency Solutions Grants." The bill is known as the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. HUD is developing regulations to implement the new homeless assistance program. The Division of Housing is changing its ESG program to meet the requirements of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. These changes are explained in this substantial amendment to the Consolidated Plan. 

Second ESG-CV2 (Word)

Second ESG-CV2 (PDF)

DOH ESG-CV2 Project Budget Form - (add applicant name)

Second ESG-CV2 NOFA Webinar

Second ESG-CV2 NOFA Slides

Previous Webinars

Best Practices in Street Outreach

ESG-CV2 + ESG 20 All Grantee Webinar (Video)
ESG-CV2 + ESG 20 All Grantee Webinar Slides

Winter Shelter Webinar

Neighborly User Training


ESG-CV1 All Grantee Webinar Recording (August 20, 2020)

ESG Bonus Funds Webinar

ESG Webinar

Using ESG during COVID and Beyond

ESG Program Objectives:

  • End homelessness by connecting those experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to the appropriate resource as quickly as possible with few, if any, barriers
  • Increase the number and quality of housing resources for homeless individuals and families
  • Operate emergency shelter facilities
  • Provide essential social services for those living outdoors, in emergency shelter, at-risk of homelessness, or in rental assistance programs

The ESG Program is designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance to prevent homelessness and enable individuals and families experiencing or at-risk- of homelessness to move toward permanent housing.

ESG 101 Recorded Webinar

ESG Policies and Procedures

ESG Fiscal Agent Webinar

ESG Fiscal Agent Slides

DOH Emergency Shelter Best Practices Spotlight 

Follow-up questionnaire for ESG 101 for Ongoing Technical Assistance Request 

Neighborly Subrecipient User Guide

Eligible Grantees

  • Local Governments
  • Continua of Care groups (COC)
  • Homeless service providers
  • Other services providers

Eligible Activities

  • Homeless Assistance including shelter, essential social services, and operating costs of shelters such as maintenance, insurance and rent
  • Rapid rehousing and Homelessness Prevention including financial assistance for rent or utilities, in partnership with COC’s
  • Renovation, rehabilitation, or conversion of buildings for use as an emergency shelter or transitional housing for the homeless


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