ESG Program Resources

Guides, tools, webinars, and other resources are provided to assist Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program grantees and program partners in designing and implementing their programs.

For tools and guidance specific to ESG CAPER submissions, please visit the ESG CAPER Submission Guidance page.

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Tools and Guidance

eCon Planning Suite Desk Guide

This manual provides instructions on how to use the Consolidated Plan Template in IDIS Online.

Date Published: July 2021

ESG Program HMIS Manual

The ESG Program HMIS Manual is intended to support data collection and reporting efforts of HMIS Lead Agencies and ESG recipients and subrecipients. This manual provides information on HMIS program setup and data collection guidance specific to the ESG Program.

Date Published: June 2021

FY 2020 CoC-Con Plan Jurisdiction and ESG Recipient Crosswalk

This report identifies the Con Plan jurisdictions associated with each CoC, including those that received direct ESG Program funding (ESG recipients) that were required to consult with one another during FY 2019 based on their geographic relationships. This report is a FY 2019 snapshot of how CoC-claimed PPRN geographies, Con Plan jurisdictions, and ESG recipients overlap within each CoC in FY 2020.

Date Published: April 2021

Indirect Cost Toolkit for CoC and ESG Programs

This toolkit has been developed to assist recipients and subrecipients under the CoC and ESG programs to better understand indirect costs—such as facility or administrative costs—and how they can be calculated and charged under these programs. Recipients can use this toolkit to make an informed decision concerning the best method for computing and seeking reimbursement for indirect costs under ESG and CoC program grants.

Date Published: March 2021

HMIS Allowable Expenses for ESG

This document highlights several costs in which ESG recipients or subrecipients may use ESG funds, as well as additional eligible costs for ESG recipients that are HMIS Lead agencies.

Date Published: July 2020

Levels of Environmental Review for ESG Components Matrix

This tool assists ESG Program recipients in correctly identifying the levels of environmental review required for their ESG Program activities. The matrix lists the levels of environmental review necessary by ESG components and activities.

Date Published: February 2020

Homelessness Programs Toolkit for State ESG Recipients

This toolkit provides state agencies responsible for implementing HUD-funded homeless programs with tools to help ensure effective and compliant program administration. The toolkit documents are primarily designed to provide information to State ESG recipients concerning the operation of the CoC program as well as requirements for coordinating with CoCs, participating in the HMIS, and assuming an active role in ensuring that homeless program resources are used efficiently and effectively to address community needs throughout their state.

Date Published: August 2018

ESG and Consolidated Plan Conforming Amendments: An Overview of Changes

This resource identifies changes to Con Plan requirements, provides the locations of requirements in the eCon Planning Suite template screens, and provides guidance on these requirements.

Date Published: April 2015

ESG Minimum Habitability Standards for Emergency Shelters and Permanent Housing

This document explains when minimum habitability standards for permanent housing funded under the Rapid Re-housing and Homelessness Prevention components of ESG apply. Accompanying this document are checklists, which offer an optional format for documenting compliance with the appropriate standards.

Date Published: April 2014

ESG Program Components Quick Reference Guide

This guide highlights the five program components for the ESG Program and provides a list of corresponding ESG activities for each component.

Date Published: June 2013

ESG Rent Reasonableness and Fair Market Rent

This resource provides an explanation of Fair Market Rents and rent reasonableness requirements in the ESG Program Interim Rule and describes how to determine and document compliance with each.

Date Published: June 2013

Applicable Requirements for Rental Assistance and Housing Relocation and Stabilization Services Matrix

This matrix is designed to provide ESG recipients and subrecipients with a quick reference for assessing which ESG standards apply when providing rental assistance or housing relocation and stabilization services under the Rapid Re-Housing or Homelessness Prevention components of the ESG Program.

Date Published: March 2013

Rapid Re-Housing: ESG vs. CoC Guide

This document summarizes the significant similarities and differences in the eligible costs and programmatic requirements for rapid re-housing assistance administered under the CoC Program and the ESG Program.

Date Published: March 2013

ESG Checklist of Requirements for the Homelessness Portions of Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan

This checklist, which focuses on the homelessness-related sections of the Annual Action Plan, can assist recipients in drafting an accurate and complete submission in accordance with the regulations. Please note that only the elements of the Annual Action Plan specifically related to homelessness planning and ESG are included in this checklist.

Date Published: December 2012

Emergency Solutions Grants State Recipient Consultation with Continuums of Care

This document is intended to provide State agencies responsible for administering the ESG Program with a range of suggestions on how to approach required consultation with both local and “Balance of State” CoCs.

Date Published: September 2012

Criteria and Recordkeeping Requirements for Definition of Homelessness

This two-page document provides a high-level overview of the homeless definition by outlining the criteria for defining homelessness and the recordkeeping requirements based on four categories under which individuals and families may qualify as homeless.

Date Published: January 2012

Criteria for Definition of At Risk of Homelessness

This one-pager provides a high-level overview of the criteria for defining individuals and families who may qualify as at risk of homelessness under three categories, including: 1) individuals and families; 2) unaccompanied children and youth; and 3) families with children and youth.

Date Published: January 2012


Emergency Solutions Grants Program: Using IDIS for Financial Management Webinar

This introductory webinar reviews the implementation of Grant Based Accounting principles for ESG, highlights the key ESG financial management capabilities of IDIS data, identifies the components of ESG financial management reports in IDIS, and begins to explain how recipients can use these reports for financial management of the ESG program.

Date Published: July 2015

Building the Bridge: HPRP to ESG Webinar

This webinar, held on May 22, 2012 and rebroadcast on May 24, 2012 as part of the Ready, SET, Go! webinar series, applies lessons learned from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) to the implementation of the new Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. Understanding the overlapping goals and programmatic details of the two programs will help identify where to focus planning efforts to ensure a successful transition as many jurisdictions close out HPRP and implement the new ESG program under the ESG Interim Rule.

Date Published: May 2012

At Risk Status and Income: Recordkeeping Requirements Webinar for ESG Grantees

This webinar describes recordkeeping requirements for the At-Risk of Homelessness Definition and Income.

Date Published: May 2012

Homeless Status: Recordkeeping Requirements Webinar

This webinar is the first in a two-part series on documentation. It describes recordkeeping requirements for the Final Rule of the Definition of Homelessness.

Date Published: March 2012

General Program Requirements for ESG Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of program requirements for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program.

Date Published: January 2012

Determining Homeless and At-Risk Status, Income and Disability Webinar

This webinar will provide a comprehensive introduction to HUD’s Homeless Definition Final Rule and the new at-risk of homelessness definition included in the Emergency Solutions Grants Program Final Rule.

Date Published: December 2012

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program Components and Activities Webinar

This webinar reviews the Emergency Solutions Grants program including the five components, eligible costs and activities, and key program requirements.

Date Published: November 2011

Changes to Consolidated Plan Regulations in the Interim ESG Rule Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of key changes to the Consolidated Plan regulations in the Interim ESG Rule.

Date Published: November 2011

Introduction to the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program Webinar

This webinar provides a general overview of the Emergency Solutions Grants program including information on the purpose of ESG, the five components of ESG and their eligible costs, program requirements, and grant administration.

Date Published: November 2011

Emergency Solutions Grants Program: Preparing for HMIS Participation Webinar

This webinar was designed to assist CoCs in understanding and implementing the steps necessary to prepare ESG recipients and subrecipients for meeting HMIS participation requirements.

Date Published: October 2011