Federal Emergency Solutions Grant

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is part of Title IV, Subpart B, of the Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11371-11378). The purpose of the ESG program is to assist individuals and families in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. ESG provides grants by formula to states, metropolitan cities, urban counties and U.S. territories to support individuals and families experiencing literal homelessness and prevent homelessness. 

The specific objectives of ESG funding are: 

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

ESG funds may be used for five component types: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing (RRH) assistance, and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) as well as administrative activities, up to 7.5% of a recipient’s allocation.

HUD allows up to 60% of the annual allocation to provide activities and services in emergency shelter and street outreach projects, including case management and operation and maintenance of emergency shelters. Support for the HMIS is eligible within 60% and is used to meet the 25% match requirement of funding received from the state’s CoCs for HMIS support. 

The remaining 40% (or more) is dedicated to Rapid Re-Housing and homeless prevention projects that provide limited-time rent or deposit assistance, case management services and moving expenses. This funding has an eligibility requirement that clients are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

ESG requires the funding to be matched in full from cash or in-kind sources. The first $100,000 is exempt from the match requirement for states. In Utah, DWS utilizes state Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund (PAHTF) to meet this requirement. 

The Utah Office of Homeless Services administers the ESG funding. Questions regarding the RFP process or funding can be directed to OHSprograms@utah.gov.

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