Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
The Emergency Solutions Grant (formerly known as Emergency Shelter Grants) is another McKinney-Vento homeless assistance program funded through HUD, but unlike the CoC programs funded as part of the annual SuperNOFA competition, ESG is formula-funded. Entitlement jurisdictions receive ESG grants from HUD and make these funds available to eligible recipients, which can be either local government agencies or private nonprofit organizations.

ESG funds are focused on preventing and ending homelessness through provision of street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing activities. The Houston/Harris County Continuum of Care is working to strategically use these funds, and the strategy can be found here

In the Houston-area Continuum of Care, jurisdictions that administer ESG funds are:

  • Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs;
  • City of Houston Housing and Community Development;
  • Harris County Community Services Department;
  • Fort Bend County Community Development Department; and
  • City of Pasadena Community Development Department.