Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

Program Status
Program Description

The Emergency Solutions Grant Program, or ESG, is designed to assist people with quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.

Program Type
Type of Funding
Source of Funds
Funding Amounts/Limits

Set aside for allocation to the territories up to 0.2%, but not less than 0.1%, of the total fiscal year appropriation.

Remainder will be allocated to States, metropolitan cities, and urban counties. The percentage allocated to each State, metropolitan city, and urban county will equal the percentage of the total amount available under section 106 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 for the prior fiscal year that was allocated to the State, metropolitan city or urban county.

If an allocation to a metropolitan city or urban county would be less than 0.05% of the total fiscal year appropriation for ESG, the amount is added to the allocation of the State in which the city or county is located

Target Population(s)
  • 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.
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    Eligible Applicants
    Eligible Project Size
    Other Eligibility Guidelines

    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).


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    Last Updated
    June 6, 2024
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