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The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program is the focus of the HEARTH Act bill, incorporated into subtitle B of Title IV of the Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11371-11378), is designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance to prevent homelessness and enable homeless individuals and families move toward independent living. According to HUD:

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 operated these shelters; (4) provide essential services to shelter residents; (5) rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and (6) prevent families/individuals from becoming homeless.

CoC/ESG Monitoring Review Guides

  • CoC - Client File Review/ ESG Client File Review
  • CoC - On-site Guide/ ESG On-site Guide
  • Legal Residency Affidavit

Community of Care/Emergency Solutions Grant Guides

  • Rapid Re-housing ESG vs CoC
  • HPRP-ESG requirements comparison




Ben Levek, Grants Manager

Bernie Brady, Grants Administrator




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