Emergency Solutions Grant
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. Details about the allocation process are outlined in the City of El Paso Consolidated Plan and in the documents below.