Emergency Solutions Grants Program

The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, revising the Emergency Shelter Grants Program in significant ways and renaming it the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. The ESG Interim Rule took effect on January 4, 2012. The change in the program’s name, from Emergency Shelter Grants to Emergency Solutions Grants, reflects the change in the program’s focus from addressing the needs of homeless people in emergency or transitional shelters to assisting people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.

CoC and ESG Virtual Binders

CoC and ESG Virtual Binders cover foundational topics from the CoC and ESG programs, with the goal to transfer basic knowledge to grantees in order to more successfully administer their projects.

Each virtual binder reflects a range of learning styles and offers a variety of ways to interact with the topics. Topics include eligible activities, grant administration, leasing and rental assistance, program components, and many more.


COVID-19 Resources for Homeless Providers

The recent emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) calls for enhanced cooperation between public health authorities, homeless service systems, and other partners at the local level. Visit the Disease Risks and Homelessness page for the latest SNAPS information and resources.

SNAPS COVID-19 Resources

ESG-CV Resources


ESG Program Guides, Tools, and Webinars

Guides, tools, webinars, and other resources are provided to assist grantees and program partners in designing and implementing their programs.

Homelessness Programs Toolkit for State ESG Recipients

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View ESG Peer to Peer Resources


ESG News & Announcements

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