Emergency Shelter Grants Program

What is the aim of the Emergency Shelter Grants Program?

The Emergency Shelter Grants Program aims to help improve the quality of emergency shelters and transitional housing for the homeless, to make available additional shelters, to meet the costs of operating shelters, to provide essential social services to homeless individuals, and to help prevent homelessness.

Who are eligible to apply for a Emergency Shelter Grants Program?

States, metropolitan cities, urban counties, and territories are all eligible for the Emergency Shelter Grants Program. Local governments receiving formula allocations may distribute all or part of their grants to nonprofit recipients to be used for ESG activities.

State grantees must distribute ESG funds to local governments, or directly to nonprofit organizations with the approval of the local government. Only local governments and nonprofit organizations may apply for the Emergency Shelter Grants Program directly from States. The territories receive their allocations based on their population size.

Homeless families and individuals, and low-income persons in immediate risk of losing their housing due to eviction, foreclosure, or utility shutoffs are qualified to apply for the Emergency Shelter Grants Program.

How to Apply for the Emergency Shelter Grants Program?

States, metropolitan cities, urban counties, and territories that elect to participate in the program must submit (1) an approved Consolidated Plan; and (2) certifications that each grantee will supplement the assistance provided under the program with an equal amount of funds from other sources, except for State grantees under the $100,000 exemption, (b) ensure that any building using ESG funds will continue as a homeless shelter for specified periods, (c) ensure that assisted rehabilitation is sufficient to make the structure safe and sanitary, (d) provide for a procedure to ensure the confidentiality of victims of domestic violence, and assist homeless individuals in obtaining appropriate supportive services and other available assistance, and (e) meet other generally applicable requirements, such as nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.

To be eligible for the Emergency Shelter Grants Program, each grantee must have a HUD-approved Consolidated Plan, which contain descriptions of the community’s homeless assistance needs, details available resources, and provides a three-to-five year plan and an annual action plan. The annual action plan specifies new projects being funded, along with any revisions in the overall document. Each participating grantee must submit certifications required by HUD.

How much is the range and average of financial assistance of the Emergency Shelter Grants Program?

The 05. percent minimum entitlement allocation resulted in a $80,000 minimum grant in 2009. The maximum entitlement allocation was $7,969,489. The average grant was $444,400.

Where to send applications for the Emergency Shelter Grants Program?

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

For more information on the Emergency Shelter Grants Program, contact:

Michael Roanhouse
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, Room 7262, Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, District of Columbia 20410
Phone: (202) 708-1226
Email: Michael.Roanhouse@hud.gov
Web Site Address: http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/homeless/programs/esg/index.cfm

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