Programs of HUD: Major Mortgage, Grant, Assistance, and Regulatory Programs 2018, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Programs of HUD: Major Mortgage, Grant, Assistance, and Regulatory Programs 2018
Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program
Grants to support essential services related to emergency shelter and street outreach, including
building rehabilitations and conversions into emergency shelters, operation of emergency
shelters, short-term and medium-term rental assistance, and housing relocation and stabilization
Nature of Program: Provides grants by formula to states, metropolitan cities, urban counties,
and U.S. territories for eligible activities, which generally include essential services related to
emergency shelter and street outreach; rehabilitation and conversion of buildings to be used as
emergency shelters; operation of emergency shelters; short-term and medium-term rental
assistance for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; housing
relocation and stabilization services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of
homelessness; and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) participation costs.
Shelter and Street outreach activities are limited to the greater of 60 percent of the recipient's
fiscal year grant and the amount of Fiscal Year 2010 Emergency Shelter Grant funds the
recipient committed to homeless assistance activities. Up to 7.5 percent of a recipient's fiscal
year grant can be used for administrative activities, such as program management, oversight,
coordination, and reporting. States must share these administrative funds with their subrecipients
that are local governments, and all recipients may share these administrative funds with their
subrecipients that are nonprofit organizations.
Applicant Eligibility: States (including Puerto Rico), metropolitan cities (including District of
Columbia), urban counties, and U.S. territories are eligible. Metropolitan cities and urban
counties are eligible if, after applying the formula, their allocation is greater than 0.05 percent of
the funds appropriated.
Funding Distribution: HUD sets aside for allocation to the territories up to 0.2 percent, but not less than 0.1 percent, of the total amount of each appropriation in any fiscal year. The remainder
is allocated to states, metropolitan cities, and urban counties. The percentage allocated to each
state, metropolitan city, and urban county is equal to the percentage of the total amount available
under section 106 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 for the prior fiscal
year that was allocated to the state, metropolitan city or urban county. If an allocation to a
metropolitan city or urban county would be less than 0.05 percent of the total fiscal year
appropriation for ESG, the amount is added to the allocation of the state in which the city or
county is located.
Legal Authority: Subtitle B of Title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42
Regulations are at 24 CFR part 576.
Information Sources: Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development; local
HUD field offices.