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Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Benefits

Program Description

The purpose of the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program is to assist individuals and families quickly regain 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 homelessness prevention, emergency shelter and related services.

General Program Requirements

Metropolitan cities, urban counties and territories may provide ESG funds to projects operated by units of general purpose local government or private nonprofit organizations.

State recipients must provide all of their ESG funds (except for up to 7.5 percent for administrative costs) to units of general purpose local government or private nonprofit organization subrecipients. ESG funds are paid to recipients, who reimburse subrecipients for eligible project costs.

All recipients must consult with local Continuums of Care within the jurisdiction in determining how to allocate ESG funds.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For local information about the ESG program in your jurisdiction, contact the state or local government agency responsible for distributing ESG funds. You may also contact your local HUD Field Office.

Program Contact Information

For general information and resources about ESG, visit the ESG Resource Page.