Emergency Solutions Grant Program Information for Grantees

The Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG) provides funding to:

  • Improve the number and quality of emergency shelters
  • Provide essential services to shelter residents
  • Re-house homeless individuals and families
  • Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless

Permitted Program Activities

Street Outreach

Essential Services related to:

  • Reaching out to unsheltered homeless individuals and families
  • Connecting them with emergency shelter, housing, or critical services
  • Providing them with urgent, non-facility-based care

Eligible costs include:

  • Engagement
  • Case management
  • Emergency health and mental health services
  • Transportation

 

Emergency Shelter

Essential Services such as:

  • Case management
  • Childcare
  • Education services
  • Employment assistance and job training
  • Outpatient health service
  • Legal services
  • Life skills training
  • Mental health services
  • Substance abuse treatment services
  • Transportation
  • Services for special populations

Shelter operations including:

  • Maintenance
  • Rent
  • Minor repair
  • Security
  • Fuel
  • Equipment
  • Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Furnishings

 

Prevention

Housing relocation and stabilization services and short-and/or medium-term rental assistance as necessary to prevent the individual or family from becoming homeless if: 

  • Annual income of the individual or family is below 30% of median family income
  • Assistance is necessary to help program participants regain stability in their current permanent housing or move into other permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing

 

Eligible costs include:

  • Utilities
  • Rental application fees
  • Security deposits
  • Last month's rent
  • Utility deposits and payments
  • Moving costs
  • Housing search and placement
  • Housing stability case management
  • Landlord-tenant mediation
  • Tenant legal services
  • Credit repair

Rapid Re-Housing

Housing relocation and stabilization services help individuals and families move into stable, permanent housing.

 

Eligible costs include:

  • Utilities
  • Rental application fees
  • Security deposits
  • Last month's rent
  • Utility deposits and payments
  • Moving costs
  • Housing search and placement
  • Housing stability case management
  • Landlord-tenant mediation
  • Tenant legal services
  • Credit repair

Eligibility

Federal program regulations require that ESG funding is used to serve persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. According to ESG program regulations, homeless means:

  • An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence
  • Individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence
  • Unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or families with children who do not otherwise qualify as homeless
  • Any individual or family who:
    • Is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence
    • Has no other residence
    • Lacks the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing

Income Limits

Federal limits on income are based on family size. For the ESG program, the only relevant number is 30% of median.

Authorization and Administration

The ESG program is authorized by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, Title IV, as amended (U.S. Code: 42 USC 11371 et seq.) Regulations: Code of Federal Regulations at 24 CFR Part 576.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) makes grants to States and units of general local government for eligible program activities. The Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) administer the North Carolina State ESG program.

ESG Funding Limitations

Program funding may be provided to a primarily religious organization that meets the eligibility criteria in accordance with the following principles:

  • It will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of religion and will not limit employment or give preference in employment to people on the basis of religion
  • It will not discriminate against any person applying for shelter or any of the eligible program activities on the basis of religion and will not limit such housing or other eligible program activities or give preference to people on the basis of religion
  • It will provide no religious instruction or counseling, conduct no religious worship or services, engage in no religious proselytizing, and exert no other religious influence in the provision of shelter and other eligible program activities

Reporting Requirements

  • All ESG grantees are required to submit mid-year and end-of-year performance reports to the Division of Aging and Adult Service’s Housing and Homelessness Unit.
  • Reports must detail the total number and characteristics of homeless individuals and members of homeless families served during the reporting period.
  • Grantees must provide information on the causes of homelessness reported by clients and expenditures by activity type during the reporting period.

Program Matching Requirements

ESG grantees are required to match the funding provided under the ESG program with an equal amount of other resources such as cash, donated land or materials, and volunteer hours.

Administration

Up to 7.5% of a recipient's allocation can be used for:

  • General management
  • Oversight
  • Coordination
  • Reporting on the program

State recipients must share administrative funds with their sub-recipients who are local governments and may share with their sub-recipients who are nonprofit organizations. 

The NC ESG Program does not allow grantees to use their funding for new construction, renovation, major rehabilitation, or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters or transitional housing for the homeless. Licensed programs are not eligible for ESG funding.

Data Collection (HMIS)

Grant funds may be used for the costs of participating in an existing Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) of the Continuum of Care where the project is located.

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Michael Leach
Email: Michael.leach@dhhs.nc.gov
Phone: 919-855-4991

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