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ESG Minimum Habitability Standards for Emergency Shelters and Permanent Housing

Date Published: April 2014


The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program interim rule, at 24 CFR 576.403, establishes minimum standards for safety, sanitation, and privacy in emergency shelters funded with ESG, and minimum habitability standards for permanent housing funded under the Rapid Re-housing and Homelessness Prevention components of ESG. This document explains when the minimum standards apply. Note: This document does not describe how to conduct an inspection, nor does it address the lead-based paint requirements, which can be found at 24 CFR part 35.

Accompanying the habitability standards are checklists, which offer an optional format for documenting compliance with the appropriate standards.

Resource Links


  • ESG: Emergency Solutions Grants Program

Resource Approver:

  • HUD Approved

Author Organization:

  • HUD


  • Homelessness Prevention and Assistance
    • Habitability Standards