Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program is designed to prevent homelessness and enable homeless individuals and families to move towards independent living.  In Harford County, ESG funds are used to help fund programs already in existence, working with homeless persons, and those at-risk of homelessness.

The ESG Program allocates funds to eligible jurisdictions for:
1. Street Outreach;
2. Emergency Shelter;
3. Homelessness Prevention Assistance;
4. Rapid Re-housing (RRH) Assistance;
5. HMIS (for COC/HMIS Lead only); and
6. Administrative (for COC Lead only).

These eligible activities are intentionally focused on housing—either financial assistance to help pay for housing or services designed to keep people in housing or to obtain housing.  This assistance is not intended to provide long-term support for program participants, nor will it be able to address all of the financial and supportive services needs of households that affect housing stability.  Rather, assistance should be focused on housing stabilization, linking program participants to community resources and mainstream benefits, and helping participants develop a plan for preventing future housing instability.

Funding Requirements

Harford County requests application proposals from eligible non-profits 501 (c)(3) that currently work with homeless clients, or homelessness prevention activities.

Eligible applicants must be involved in the Continuum of Care outlined in the county's Consolidated Plan (PDF) to HUD.

Application Process:

Application availability announced annually through the Continuum of Care.

Complete details available in the Emergency Solutions Grant Policy and Manual.

For additional information call Housing and Community Development at 410-638-3045.

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