Emergency Solutions Grant

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program is authorized by subtitle B of Title IV – Housing Assistance of S.896 The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The ESG interim rule (24 CFR Parts 576), published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011, establishes the regulations for the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. The program focus is to assist people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. The program authorizes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make grants to states, units of general purpose local government, and territories for the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters for the homeless, for the payment of certain expenses related to operating emergency shelters, for essential services related to emergency shelters and street outreach for the homeless, and for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance.

The ESG program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Eligible applicants include any general purpose units of local government including cities, boroughs, and townships, towns, counties, home rule municipalities, and communities that desire to apply “on behalf of” other municipalities. Local Governments may apply “on behalf of” other nonprofit organizations, which will perform services as a subcontractor. Non-profits are eligible applicants for their own projects as of this year and can apply on a regional level only which means it must be a multi-county project. If non-profits decide to apply for a regional shelter program, they must get approval from their local municipality. Applications are accepted yearly for a funding period lasting 18 months.

Funding Priorities

The FY2018 PA DCED ESG Competion Application will be open on the Electronic Single Application on Monday, July 2, 2018 and closes Sunday, July 17, 2018. Please visit the DCED website @ https://dced.pa.gov/programs/emergency-solutions-grant-esg/ to learn more information.

When the application is open, you may click here to apply.

1. The following funding priorities have been established for the 2018 ESG allocation:

  • Primary Priority – Rapid Rehousing, Street Outreach, and Housing Locator Services
  • Secondary Priorities – Homelessness Prevention, Emergency Shelter: Essential Services
  • Non-Priority – Emergency Shelter: Operations (applicants applying for operation funds may only
    request ESG funds equal to 25% of the total shelter operations budget for the 18 month award period)
  • Priority Populations – Veterans, Chronically Homeless, Families with Children or Youth

2. The two activities listed below are targeted activities for this funding round:

a. Street Outreach
In an effort to reduce statewide homelessness, in the 2018 application DCED is targeting Street
Outreach projects in the Pennsylvania Balance of State CoC Counties having participated in the
2018 Point in Time count and identified homeless individuals and families that are not housed or
sheltered. All eligible activities under a Street Outreach project will be considered. In making
funding decisions, DCED will seek to avoid duplicated efforts.

b. Housing Locator Services
Housing locator services focus on services or activities necessary to assist program participants in
locating, obtaining and retaining suitable permanent housing and increasing housing stability and
self-sufficiency. Services should include: assessment, arranging, coordinating, housing stability plan
development; with an emphasis on acting as a liaison to secure and maintain housing; employment;
a connection to mainstream resources and services; coordination with other providers; monitoring of
progress; and advocating on behalf of the client. Services should also focus on building a set of
supports that can help prevent the recurrence of a housing crisis.

DCED will continue to permit applicants to design diverse projects to meet their local needs. However, we
recommend each applicant to coordinate their efforts with the local Continuum of Care priorities, address
DCED’s primary priority activity, and demonstrate capacity to meet all ESG program requirements.

Applicants who design regional projects will be highly considered for funding if the project addresses
a statewide need that is supported by data, is administered by an organization with capacity to fulfill
all programmatic requirements, and has identified its ability to meet the match requirement.

Funding Opportunities

Agencies interested in the 2018 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program Guidelines should click here to review.  The application will be open on the Electronic Single Application on Monday, July 2, 2018 and closes Sunday, July 17, 2018. The Homelessness staff conducted a webinar on May 31, 2018 on this year’s application changes and priorities.

View funding opportunities within the Eastern CoC
View funding opportunities within the Western CoC

Program Resources

Resources to assist grantees to carryout the ESG program.

Eastern Continuum of Care Organizations

  • Adams County
  • Blair County
  • Carbon County
  • Clinton County
  • Columbia County
  • Cumberland County
  • Franklin County
  • Lycoming County
  • Monroe County
  • Schuykill County
  • Somerset County
  • Wayne County

Western Continuum of Care Organizations

  • Butler County
  • City of Dubois
  • Crawford County
  • Fayette County
  • Greene County
  • Lawrence County
  • McKean County
  • Venango County
  • Warren County

HUD Direct Entitlement/ Continuum of Care Organizations

  • Bucks County
  • Chester County
  • City of Pittsburgh
  • Dauphin County

Eastern Continuum of Care Organizations

  • Bedford County, Fulton County, Huntingdon County
  • Blair County
  • Cambria County
  • Carbon County
  • Clinton County
  • Franklin County
  • Lehigh County
  • Monroe County
  • Schuykill County
  • Wayne County

Western Continuum of Care Organizations

  • Armstrong County
  • Crawford County
  • Fayette County
  • Indiana County
  • Lawrence County
  • Lawrence County (Regional Veterans Partnership)
  • McKean County
  • Mercer County
  • Warren County

HUD Direct Entitlement/ Continuum of Care Organizations

  • Allegheny County
  • Beaver County
  • Bucks County
  • Philadelphia County
  • Dauphin County
  • Erie County
  • Montgomery County
  • Washington County

Eastern Continuum of Care Organizations

  • Wayne County
  • Schuylkill County
  • Monroe County
  • Adams County

Western Continuum of Care Organizations

  • Butler County
  • Lawrence County

Eastern Continuum of Care Organizations

  • Adams County - $239,891
  • Bedford County - $90,000
  • Blair County - $145,963
  • Cambria County - $268,254
  • Carbon County - $30,000
  • Clinton County - $200,000
  • Cumberland County - $200,000
  • Franklin County - $200,000
  • Lycoming County - $30,000
  • Monroe County - $170,000
  • Schuykill County - $580,047
  • Somerset County - $71,532
  • Union County (Regional Project with - Snyder, Northumberland, and Montour Counties) - $871,869
  • Wayne County - $178,957
Award Total: $3,279,513

Western Continuum of Care Organizations

  • Armstrong County - $268,197
  • Butler County - $360,000
  • Crawford County - $107,822
  • Fayette County - $100,000
  • Indiana County - $173,000
  • Lawrence County (Regional ESG Project) - $838,821
  • Lawrence County (Regional Veterans Partnership) - $400,000
  • McKean County - $150,000
Award Total: $2,397,840

HUD Direct Entitlement/ Continuum of Care Organizations

  • Bucks County - $80,000