Emergency Solutions Grant

Program Description

The Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) formerly known as the Emergency Shelter Grant Program is a federal block grant authorized by subtitle B of the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act and administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH) revised the Emergency Shelter Grant Program and renamed it to the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. As a result of the HEARTH Act, the new ESG expands the eligible activities for emergency shelter and homelessness prevention activities to include short-term and medium-term rental assistance and services to stabilize and rapidly re-house individuals and households who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Funding Source

Federal Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds are provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by State of Louisiana-Louisiana Housing Corporation.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applications are local units of government only. Governmental organizations such as public housing agencies and local housing finance agencies are not eligible applicants under the ESG program. Applicants must be in compliance with ESG guidelines 24 CFR Part 576 and applicable state and federal policies and procedures, including compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws.

Eligible Activities

Grant amounts may be used for one or more of the following activities:

  1. Street Outreach
  2. Emergency Shelter
  3. Homelessness Prevention
  4. Rapid Re-Housing Assistance
  5. Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS)
  6. Administrative Costs


Payment Request Form
Budget Revision Form
Authorization Form
Lead Based Paint Information
Self Declaration Of Housing Status
Self Declaration Of Income
Income Verification
Habit Standards Checklist

Federal Regulations

Hearth Act
24 CPR Part 91 and 576
24 CPR Part 582-583
HUD Definition of Homeless
Homeless Def Eligbility for ESG
Homeless Definition Criteria for Recordkeeping
HUD Definition of Chronically Homeless


Shots Recipient Subrecipient Case Management
Shots Recipient Subrecipient Case Management and Housing
Shots ESG Eligible Participants Homelessness Rapid Re-Housing

SNAPS Weekly Focus
What About Transitional Housing
Collaborating to Combat Homelessness among Veterans
Considering the Needs of Families and Youth
Leveraging Mainstream Services Funding
Why Coordinated Assessment is Critical to Ending Homelessness Locally
Letter from Ann Oliva
Changing the way we do Business
Giving Priority to Chronically homeless

Income Limits

FY 2014 HUD Income Limits
FY 2013 HUD Income Limits
FY 2012 HUD Income Limits


A Single Night Counts FY 2012
The State of Homelessness FY 2012

Other Info

CoC Maps Louisiana
Homeless Shelter Listing
Family Violence Shelter Listing
FY 12 Funds Distribution
2013 FMR Rates
Programs Funded


National Homeless Alliance to End Homelessness

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children

National Center on Family Homelessness

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

HUD.GOV U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

OneCPD Resource Exchange

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