ESG Law, Regulations, and Notices

This page contains the authorizing laws, regulations, and Federal Register Notices for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program. Click the title of the law or Notice to download the document.

Laws

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act As Amended by S.896 HEARTH Act of 2009

On May 20, 2009, the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 was signed into law. The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes, including:

  • A consolidation of HUD's competitive grant programs;
  • The creation of a Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program;
  • A change in HUD's definition of homelessness and chronic homelessness;
  • A simplified match requirement;
  • An increase in prevention resources; and,
  • An increase in the emphasis on performance.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed on July 6, 2012. Map-21 provides some technical amendments to the HEARTH Act.

Regulations

Defining "Chronically Homeless" Final Rule

This final rule establishes the definition of “chronically homeless” that will be used in HUD's CoC Program, and in the Consolidated Submissions for Community Planning and Development (CPD) Programs. This definition has been the subject of significant public comment which has guided HUD in establishing the definition of “chronically homeless” that will be used in its homeless assistance programs. The final rule also establishes the necessary recordkeeping requirements that correspond to the definition of “chronically homeless” for the CoC Program. Historically, other programs within HUD, as well as other agencies such as the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), have adopted HUD's definition of chronically homeless and may also choose to adopt the definition of “chronically homeless” included in this final rule, however, it is not required.

Date Published: December 2015

Emergency Solutions Grants Program Interim Regulations and Consolidated Plan Conforming Amendments

This interim rule, published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011, revises the regulations for the Emergency Shelter Grants program by establishing the regulations for the Emergency Solutions Grants program, which replaces the Emergency Shelter Grants program. 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.

Through the Notice of the ESG Program: Solicitation of Comment on Specific Issues, HUD is currently seeking additional feedback and comment on certain, limited provisions of the ESG Program interim rule. The comment period closes on Monday, August 3, 2015.

Date Published: November 2011

Consolidated Plan Regulation as Amended by ESG Interim Rule and Homeless Definition Final Rule

This version of 24 CFR Part 91, Consolidated Submissions for Community Planning and Development Programs as Amended by ESG Interim Rule and Homeless Definition Final Rule, explains Consolidated Submissions for Community Planning and Development Programs as amended by the Emergency Solutions Grants Program interim rule and Homeless definition final rule.

Date Published: November 2011

"Homeless" Definition Final Rule

This final rule, published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011, integrates the regulation for the definition of “homeless,” and the corresponding recordkeeping requirements, for the Emergency Solutions Grants program, the Shelter Plus Care program, and the Supportive Housing Program. This final rule also establishes the regulation for the definition “developmental disability” and the definition and recordkeeping requirements for “homeless individual with a disability” for the Shelter Plus Care program and the Supportive Housing Program.

Date Published: November 2011

Notices

CPD-17-01: Notice Establishing Additional Requirements for a Continuum of Care Centralized or Coordinated Assessment System

Under the authority of 24 CFR 578.7(a)(8), this Notice establishes new requirements that Continuums of Care (CoC) and recipients of CoC Program and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program funding must meet related to the development and use of a centralized or coordinated assessment system. It also provides guidance on additional policies that CoCs and ESG recipients should consider incorporating into written policies and procedures to achieve improved outcomes for people experiencing homelessness.

Date Published: January 2017

Notice of the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program: Solicitation of Comment on Specific Issues

This ESG Notice requests additional feedback and public comment on certain, limited provisions of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH): Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program and Consolidated Plan Conforming Amendments (referred to as the ESG interim rule) published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011. The comment period closes on Monday, August 3, 2015.

Date Published: June 2015

Notice CPD-13-06: Guidance for Submitting the Portions of the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) Related to Homelessness and the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program

This notice provides guidance for completing the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) portions of the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) using the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS). This notice also provides information on completing homelessness-related portions of the CAPER, which is relevant for all States, local governments, and territories that receive ESG, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and/or Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) formula funding (referred to collectively in this notice as Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) jurisdictions).

Date Published: August 2013

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) FY 2011 Substantial Amendment Process and Other Related Information

To clarify certain requirements of the interim rule for the Emergency Solutions Grants program and Consolidated Plan conforming amendments (Interim Rule), HUD has issued the Notice of the FY 2011 Substantial Amendment Process and Other Related Information for Recipients of Emergency Solutions Grants Program Funds. This Notice advises the public of the award amounts and spending restrictions on the second allocation of FY 2011 Emergency Solutions Grants funding. To receive funds from the second allocation, recipients must have prepared a substantial amendment to their Program Year 2011 Consolidated Annual Action Plan. The Notice explains the requirements of this substantial amendment, while highlighting relevant changes under the Interim Rule and providing guidance on critical decisions to be made during the planning process.

Date Published: January 2012

CPD Notice 12-009: Use of the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) to Submit the Consolidated Plan

HUD announced new tools for the Consolidated Plan to support need-driven, place-based decision-making that will inform public participation and improve community and economic development outcomes. These tools are designed to make the Consolidated Plan useful beyond a budget exercise by integrating community need and market data and mapping capability into a new, electronic planning template for Consolidated Plan preparation and submission. This template will also make planning and reporting more efficient by connecting the planning, implementation and performance reporting processes, eliminating redundancies and automatically entering data from HUD systems wherever possible.

Date Published: April 2012