Emergency Solutions Grant 

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is a Federal grant that was established by the Homeless Housing Act of 1986, in response to the growing issue of homelessness among men, women & children in the Unites States. In 1987, the ESG program was incorporated into subtitle B of title IV of the Mckinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11371-11378)

Since its inception and incorporation into the McKinney-Vento Act, the ESG program has helped States and localities provide facilities and services to meet the needs of homeless people.  ESG fund assist in providing shelter for the homeless, but also aid in the transition of this population to permanent homes.

The Objectives of the Emergency Solutions Grant program are:

  • Increase the number and quality of emergency shelter and transitional housing facilities for homeless individuals and families.
  • Operate these facilities
  • Provide essential social services
  • Help prevent homelessness

The four main ESG Program Eligible Activities are:

  • Homeless Prevention
  • Essential Services
  • Operational and Maintenance
  • Renovation, Rehabilitation, and Conversion