The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

is a federal block grant for emergency shelter and homelessness prevention activities.

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Just the facts

The Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) formerly known as the Emergency Shelter Grant Program is a federal block grant authorized by subtitle B of the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act and administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH) revised the Emergency Shelter Grant Program and renamed it to the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. As a result of the HEARTH Act, the new ESG expands the eligible activities for emergency shelter and homelessness prevention activities to include short-term and medium-term rental assistance and services to stabilize and rapidly re-house individuals and households who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Funding Source

Federal Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds are provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by State of Louisiana-Louisiana Housing Corporation.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applications are local units of government only. Governmental organizations such as public housing agencies and local housing finance agencies are not eligible applicants under the ESG program. Applicants must be in compliance with ESG guidelines 24 CFR Part 576 and applicable state and federal policies and procedures, including compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws.