The Emergency Solutions Grant is a Federal program established through the Stewart B. McKinney Act of 1987, amended by The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009, which places a new emphasis on assisting individuals and families to quickly regain stability in permanent rental housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.

The purpose of the Emergency Solutions Grant or ESG program is to help improve the quality and quantity of emergency shelters for homeless persons, to help cover the costs of operating emergency shelters and transitional housing, to fund essential supportive services for homeless individuals and families so they can access needed services to improve their situation. In addition, the ESG Program is used to fund short-term rental assistance to prevent homelessness, as well as to help move homeless persons back into permanent rental housing. Finally, the program can assist street outreach programs to connect unsheltered homeless persons with local housing and supportive services.

ESG Program funds are available annually and are awarded through the Department of Community and Human Development through a grant application process. Non-profit agencies and government entities are eligible to apply.


Community + Human Development is currently accepting Request for Proposals (RFP) for PY 2019-2020 for its Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)


Please review the PY 2019-2020 Policies + Procedures document for further details on ESG’s program and eligibility requirements. Review of this document should be done prior to applying.

Below are the modules that must be completed by agencies who are interested in applying:

  1. Proposal Checklist
  2. Proposal Introduction
  3. Proposal Abstract
  4. Narrative Questions
  5. Outcome Worksheet
  6. Budget Forms
  7. Match Fund Requirements
  8. ESG Oral Presentation Scoring Sheet
  9. Written Scoresheet
  10. Steering Committee Precis

Note: Only those agencies who attended the mandatory ESG workshop  on September 26, 2018 are eligible to apply.

Additional contact information can be found on the application.


Contact Information:

City 3 Building, 3rd Floor
801 Texas Avenue
El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 212-0138