Housing for the Homeless

Emergency Solutions Grant Program

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 SDHDA.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be non-profits or units of local government.  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 System (HMIS)
  6. Administrative Costs


Application Procedure

Applications are made available by SDHDA to units of general local government and to private, nonprofit organizations, and are awarded on a statewide, competitive basis. Grant allocations are made annually in the spring/summer.

Call or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Program Coordinator at SDHDA with questions
Phone: (605)773-2598