Funding Sources


The objectives of this program are to increase the number of quality shelters and transitional housing facilities for homeless individuals and families, to these facilities and provide essential social services, and help to prevent homelessness.  ESG grant requires a 100% match and is a part of the 5 year Consolidated Plan and is reported annually in the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER).

ESG Eligible Activities

Rehabilitation/ Conversion / Renovation:  renovate/convert a building for use as an emergency shelter for the homeless; renovation must be used as a shelter for 3 years.  Major rehab/conversion must be used as a shelter for 10 years.

Essential Services:  direct services to the homeless program to staff salaries for those who provide these services; up to 30% of ESG funding.

Operations:  operating costs for an emergency or transitional facility for the homeless; staff cost are included in this category up to 10% of ESG funding.

Homeless Prevention:  activities designed to prevent incidences of homelessness; up to 30% of ESG funding.

Administrative Costs: 5% of the grantee’s funds may be used for administering the grant.

These funds are administered through the Department of Community Initiatives.