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Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) Program

Grants to support homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, and related services.

Nature of Program: Provides grants by formula to States, metropolitan cities, urban counties and U.S. territories for eligible activities, generally including essential services related to emergency shelter, rehabilitation and conversion of buildings to be used as emergency shelters, operation of emergency shelters, and homelessness prevention services.

Applicant Eligibility: States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, metropolitan cities, 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: After setting aside a small amount for allocation to the territories, HUD allocates the fiscal year appropriation for ESG to eligible recipients in accordance with the percentage of CDBG funding each jurisdiction was allocated for the previous fiscal year. However, where the ESG allocation for a metropolitan city or urban county would be less than .5 percent of the total fiscal year appropriation for ESG, HUD adds that jurisdiction's allocation to the allocation for the State in which the jurisdiction is located.

Legal Authority: Subtitle B of Title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11371-11378). Regulations are at 24 CFR part 576.

Note: The Act to Prevent Mortgage Foreclosures and Enhance Mortgage Credit Availability Act was signed into law on May 20, 2009 (Public Law 111-22). Division B of this new law is the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act). The HEARTH Act amends Subtitle B of Title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11371-11378) to rename the program the Emergency Solutions Grants program, expand the range of eligible activities under the program, and add or change certain program requirements. HUD is now in the process of revising the regulations at 24 CFR part 576 to implement these changes and make other refinements to the program.

Administering Office: Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) in the Office of Community Planning and Development, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC 20410-7000.

Information Sources: Administering office and local HUD field offices. On the Web

Current Status: Active.