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Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program


The Emergency Shelter Grant Program was originally established by the Homeless Housing Act of 1986, in response to the growing issue of homelessness among men, women, and children in the United States.  In 1987, the ESG Program was incorporated into subtitle  B of Title IV of the Stewart B. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11371-11378).  On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed a bill to reauthorize HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs, renaming the program "Emergency Solutions Grant." The bill is known as the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. HUD is developing regulations to implement the new homeless assistance program. 
The Division of Housing is changing its ESG program to meet the requirements of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. These changes are explained in this substantial amendment  to the Consolidated Plan.  


 2014 Emergency Solutions Grants NOFAs


2014 ESG Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing NOFA

Application for Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Funding

Application Instructions

Exhibit IV-B Environmental Form


2014 Emergency Solutions Grant Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Application for Homeless Assistance Funding

Application Instructions for Homeless Assistance Funding

Exhibit IV-B Environmental Form

Asset Manager Regional Assignments














 Please contact Shannon Picaso for the appropriate application and instructions.





ESG Program Objectives:    

 ·      Increase the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families    

 ·      Increase the number and quality of transitional housing facilities for homeless individuals and families    

 ·      Operate these facilities    

 ·      Provide essential social services    

 ·      Help prevent homelessness.

 The ESG Program is designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance to prevent homelessness and enable homeless individuals and families move toward independent living.

Eligible Grantees
  • Local Governments

  • Continua of Care groups (COC)

  • Homeless service providers

  • Other services providers


Eligible Activities


  • Homeless Assistance including shelter, essential social services, and operating costs of shelters such as maintenance, insurance and rent

  •  Rapid rehousing and Homelessness Prevention including financial assistance for  rent or utilities, in partnership with COC’s

  • Renovation, rehabilitation, or conversion of buildings for use as an emergency shelter or transitional housing for the homeless.


 Ft. Morgan SARA shelter 
Safehouse funded by the Colorado Division of Housing
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