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HEARTH: ESG Program and Consolidated Plan Conforming Amendments – ESG Program Interim Rule


Date Published: April 2017


The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program Interim Rule focuses on regulatory implementation of the ESG Program. The ESG Program was created through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act As Amended by S.896 Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009, which revised the Emergency Shelter Grants program and renamed it as the Emergency Solutions 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.

The ESG Program Interim Rule was first published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011 and became effective on January 4, 2012. The public comment period for the ESG rule closed on February 3, 2012. A second public comment period in which HUD was seeking additional feedback and comment on certain, limited provisions of the ESG Program Interim Rule closed on August 3, 2015. An updated version of the ESG Program Interim Rule was published in the Federal Register on April 1, 2017.

The updated version incorporates the addition to the ESG Program Interim Rule of section 576.409 regarding protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, which was established in response to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

Note that the final Homeless Definition is in effect for administration of the ESG Program interim rule.

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