ESG Eligible Activities

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ESG Eligible Activities Overview

This binder contains information and guidance that Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program recipients and subrecipients can use to ensure full understanding of the purpose and requirements of 24 CFR 576 Subpart B of the ESG Program Interim Rule.


Always refer to the ESG Program Interim Rule for complete information about all eligible costs and program requirements.

Looking for definitions of the common CoC and ESG Program terms referenced throughout the Virtual Binders?

Virtual Binders Glossary

As eligible activities fall under different ESG program components, you may want to review the ESG Program Components Virtual Binder first for further understanding of those categories.

If you are new to the ESG Program, the following webinar and HUD Exchange resources introduce the program components outlined in the ESG Program Interim Rule. (Note: some references in these resources are outdated. Please refer to the ESG Program Interim Rule and the ESG program page for up-to-date guidance.)

Resources include:

The 1 hour video below, (which you can also access along with the accompanying slides on the HUD Exchange training page) provides a comprehensive review of ESG Program components and activities.

This binder covers eligible activities by their related program component.

  1. Street Outreach (§ 576.101)
  2. Emergency Shelter (§ 576.102)
  3. Homelessness Prevention (§ 576.103) and Rapid Re-Housing (§ 576.104)
  4. Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) (§ 576.107)
  5. Administrative Activities (§ 576.108) (Note: this is a standalone activity; there is no corresponding program component.)

In addition to the specific activities associated with each program component, employee compensation and overhead costs directly related to carrying out street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, and HMIS are eligible costs of these program components.

Who is eligible to receive assistance under each program component and activity?

ESG funds must only be used to serve eligible program participants. ESG program participant eligibility is assessed based on homelessness or at-risk of homelessness status, and in some cases, income eligibility. ESG recipients may have additional eligibility criteria as well.

For information on determining and documenting homelessness and at-risk of homelessness status, you may want to review the CoC and ESG Homeless Eligibility Virtual Binder and the following resources: