Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

The Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG), formerly known as the Emergency Shelter Grants Program is a federal block grant authorized by subtitle B of the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH) revised the Emergency Shelter Grants Program and renamed it the Emergency Solutions Grants Program.


As a result of the HEARTH Act, the new ESG expands the eligible activities for emergency shelter and homelessness prevention activities to include short- and medium-term rental assistance and services to stabilize and rapidly re-house individuals and households who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. One of the main changes to the ESG program is an increased focus on homelessness prevention services and rapid re-housing activities as evidenced with the emphasis on homelessness prevention and the addition of a new rapid re-housing activity.

The State of Illinois' Emergency Solutions Grant Program Desk Guide is intended to assist recipients with the administration of the ESG Program. Recipients are encouraged to review 24 CFR Parts 91 and 576 for complete program information.