ESG Program Components

Virtual Binders

ESG Program Components Overview

This binder contains information and guidance that ESG recipients and subrecipients can use to ensure understanding of the purpose and requirements of § 576.100 - 104 and 107 of the ESG Interim Rule. For a complete understanding of allowable ESG activities and expenses, be sure to also review the ESG Eligible Activities Virtual Binder.

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 (Note: some references in these resources are outdated.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 HUD Exchange ESG program page for up-to-date guidance.)

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

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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.

What are Program Components?

ESG funds may be used for eligible activities under five different categories, known as program components. These components are:

  1. Street Outreach (§ 576.101)
  2. Emergency Shelter (§ 576.102)
  3. Homelessness Prevention (§ 576.103)
  4. Rapid Re-Housing (§ 576.104)
  5. Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) (§ 576.107)

To access regulations, visit the HEARTH: ESG Program and Consolidated Plan Conforming Amendments – ESG Program Interim Rule.

Note that ESG funds may also be used for administrative costs. However, administration is not considered a program component, it is considered an activity. Find details on administrative uses of funds in the ESG Eligible Activities Virtual Binder.


Recipients may choose to allocate ESG funds to any or all of the components. Subrecipients, on the other hand, may only allocate ESG funds to program components as authorized in their subrecipient agreements.