Emergency Solutions Grant Program


The ESG program provides funding to: (1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street; (2) improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; (3) help operate these shelters; (4) provide essential services to shelter residents, (5) rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and (6) prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Assistant Secretary For Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 The ESG Program was allocated $310,000,000 in the fiscal year 2017.
Fiscal Year 2019 The estimated budget for the ESG grants is $270,000,000 in the fiscal year 2019.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, Title IV, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 11371-78
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible recipients generally consist of metropolitan cities, urban counties, territories, and states, as defined in 24 CFR 576.2. Metropolitan cities, urban counties and territories may subgrant ESG funds to private nonprofit organizations. Local governments may also subgrant ESG funds to public housing agencies or local redevelopment authorities. States must subgrant all of their ESG funds (except for funds for administrative costs and, under certain conditions, HMIS costs) to units of general purpose local government and/or private nonprofit organizations. Each recipient must consult with the Continuum(s) of Care operating within the jurisdiction in determining how to allocate ESG funds.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The minimum eligibility criteria for ESG beneficiaries are as follows: For essential services related to street outreach, beneficiaries must meet the criteria under paragraph (1)(i) of the "homeless" definition under SS 576.2. For emergency shelter, beneficiaries must meet the "homeless" definition in 24 CFR 576.2. For essential services related to emergency shelter, beneficiaries must be "homeless" and staying in an emergency shelter (which could include a day shelter). For homelessness prevention assistance, beneficiaries must meet the requirements described in 24 CFR 576.103. For rapid re-housing assistance, beneficiaries must meet requirements described in 24 CFR 576.104. Further eligibility criteria may be established at the local level in accordance with 24 CFR 576.400(e).
Recipients must certify they will meet program requirements and applicable federal requirements. Government recipients and subrecipients must comply with 2 CFR Part 200.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. See Notice of Funding Availability [NOFA]
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. In addition to meeting the application submission requirements in 24 CFR part 5, subpart K, each State, urban county, or metropolitan city must submit a consolidated plan, an annual action plan, and certifications to HUD, in accordance with the requirements in 24 CFR part 91, and each territory must submit a consolidated plan, an annual action plan, and certifications to HUD, in accordance with the requirements that apply to local governments under 24 CFR part 91. The consolidated plan and annual action plan cover four major HUD formula programs, including ESG. The annual action plan must describe how the funds will be used. The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR Part 200, apply.
Award Procedure
The HUD field office reviews the grantee's Consolidated Plan and, upon plan approval, notifies the applicant of the award and prepares the grant agreement.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Each jurisdiction should submit its consolidated plan to HUD at least 45 days before the start of its program year, unless affected by Notice CPD-16-01: Guidance on Submitting Consolidated Plans and Annual Action Plans for FY 2016. In no event will HUD accept a submission earlier than November 15 or later than August 16 of the federal fiscal year for which the grant funds are appropriated. The plan will be deemed approved 45 days after HUD receives the plan, unless before that date HUD has notified the jurisdiction that the plan is disapproved. If the plan is disapproved, the jurisdiction may revise or resubmit a plan within 45 days after the first notification of disapproval. HUD must respond to approve or disapprove the plan within 30 days of receiving the revisions or resubmission.
Formula allocations may not be appealed. Disapproved plans may be resubmitted in accordance with 24 CFR 91.500.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposed ESG projects are part of the prospective grantee's Consolidated Plan, which is reviewed according to criteria set forth in 24 CFR 91.
How may assistance be used?
ESG funds 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).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: In accordance with 2 CFR Part 200, recipients are required to monitor their subrecipients for compliance with the ESG requirements.
Not applicable.
Sufficient records must be established and maintained to enable the recipient and HUD to determine whether ESG requirements are being met. All records pertaining to each fiscal year of ESG funds must be retained for the greater of 5 years or the period specified under 24 CFR 576.500(y).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Metropolitan city and urban county recipients must match grant funds with an equal amount of funds from cash or the following in-kind sources: services contributed by volunteers, the donation of materials and buildings, or the value of any lease on a building. States must match all but $100,000 of their awards, but must pass on the benefit of that $100,000 exception to their sub-recipients that are least capable of providing matching amounts. Territories are exempt from the match requirement.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Metropolitan cities, urban counties and territories must obligate all funds, except for the amount for administrative costs, within 180 days after HUD signs the grant agreement. States must obligate all funds, except the amount for administrative costs, to subrecipients within 60 days after the date that HUD signs the grant agreement. Each subrecipient that is a unit of general purpose local government must obligate its grant funds within 120 days after the date the State obligates its funds. All grant funds must be expended within 24 months after HUD signs the grant agreement with the recipient Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. test
Headquarters Office
Karen M. DeBlasio;
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Community Planning and Development; Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, 451 7th Street, SW, Room 7260.
Washington, DC 20410 US
Phone: (202) 402-4773
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 18$270,000,000.00; FY 19 est $270,000,000.00; FY 20 est $270,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The .05 percent minimum entitlement allocation resulted in $135,000 minimum grant in FY2017. The maximum entitlement allocation was $13,542,650.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The program regulations can be found at 24 CFR Part 576. Guidance on the program can be found at www.hudexchange.info/esg.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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