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Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG)

The Emergency Solutions Grant Program was created (as the Emergency Shelter Grant program) in 1987 by the Stuart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, and was significantly modified and reauthorized through the HEARTH Act of 2009. The Emergency Solutions Grant Program can fund emergency shelter, street outreach, homelessness prevention, and rapid re-housing activities. In addition to the ESG program, the McKinney Act created a variety of other funding programs designed to assist homeless persons. With the exception of the Emergency Solutions Grant program, the other McKinney programs require a direct application to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other federal agencies.

For more information on ESG and the Community Development Commission’s Public Services funding process, see: Sonoma County CDC Funding Wiki.

Fund Recipients

Sonoma County has participated in the Emergency Solution Grant (formerly Emergency Shelter Grant) program since 1987. Nonprofit organizations that have received Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds in the past include:

  • YWCA of Sonoma County
  • Community Action Partnership Sonoma County (formerly SCPEO)
  • Community Support Network (CSN)
  • Catholic Charities
  • Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)

Use of Funds

Federal Emergency Solutions Grant program funds can be used for the following purposes; however the applicant must provide funds equally matching the McKinney Act funds:

  • Street Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Rapid Re-Housing

Funding Cycle

The funding cycle for the Federal Emergency Solutions Grant Program is a part of, and follows the timeline outlined in the Consolidated Plan.