Emergency Solutions Grant

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program is authorized by subtitle B of Title IV – Housing Assistance of S.896 The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The ESG interim rule (24 CFR Parts 576), published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011, establishes the regulations for the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. The program focus is to assist people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. The program authorizes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make grants to states, units of general purpose local government, and territories for the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters for the homeless, for the payment of certain expenses related to operating emergency shelters, for essential services related to emergency shelters and street outreach for the homeless, and for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance.

The ESG program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Eligible applicants include any general purpose units of local government including cities, boroughs, and townships, towns, counties, home rule municipalities, and communities that desire to apply “on behalf of” other municipalities. Local Governments may apply “on behalf of” other nonprofit organizations, which will perform services as a subcontractor. Non-profits are eligible applicants for their own projects as of this year and can apply on a regional level only which means it must be a multi-county project. If non-profits decide to apply for a regional shelter program, they must get approval from their local municipality. Applications are accepted yearly for a funding period lasting 18 months.

Funding Priorities

The FY2019 PA DCED ESG Competion Application closed as of Friday, June 14, 2019. Please visit the DCED website here to learn more information.

When the application is open, you may click here to apply.

1. The following funding priorities have been established for the 2019 ESG allocation:

    • Primary Priority – Rapid Rehousing, Street Outreach, and Housing Locator Services
    • Secondary Priorities – Homelessness Prevention, Emergency Shelter: Essential Services
    • Non-Priority – Emergency Shelter: Operations (applicants applying for operation funds may only
      request ESG funds equal to 25% of the total shelter operations budget for the 18 month award period)
  • Priority Populations – Veterans, Chronically Homeless, Families with Children or Youth

2. The two activities listed below are targeted activities for this funding round:

a. Street Outreach
In an effort to reduce statewide homelessness, in the 2019 application DCED is targeting Street
Outreach projects in the Pennsylvania Balance of State CoC Counties having participated in the
2019 Point in Time count and identified homeless individuals and families that are not housed or
sheltered. All eligible activities under a Street Outreach project will be considered. In making
funding decisions, DCED will seek to avoid duplicated efforts.

b. Housing Locator Services
Housing locator services focus on services or activities necessary to assist program participants in
locating, obtaining and retaining suitable permanent housing and increasing housing stability and
self-sufficiency. Services should include: assessment, arranging, coordinating, housing stability plan
development; with an emphasis on acting as a liaison to secure and maintain housing; employment;
a connection to mainstream resources and services; coordination with other providers; monitoring of
progress; and advocating on behalf of the client. Services should also focus on building a set of
supports that can help prevent the recurrence of a housing crisis.

DCED will continue to permit applicants to design diverse projects to meet their local needs. However, we
recommend each applicant to coordinate their efforts with the local Continuum of Care priorities, address
DCED’s primary priority activity, and demonstrate capacity to meet all ESG program requirements.

Applicants who design regional projects will be highly considered for funding if the project addresses
a statewide need that is supported by data, is administered by an organization with capacity to fulfill
all programmatic requirements, and has identified its ability to meet the match requirement.

Funding Opportunities

Agencies interested in the 2019 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program Guidelines should click here to review.  The application will be open on the Electronic Single Application on Friday, May 31, 2019 and closes Friday, June 14, 2019. The Homelessness staff conducted a webinar on April 9, 2019 on this year’s application changes and priorities.

Program Resources

Resources to assist grantees to carryout the ESG program.

West Armstrong County $191,938
  • Armstrong County Community Action Agency
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Helping All Victims in Need (HAVIN)
    • Emergency Shelter
Butler County $60,383
  • Catholic Charities
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention 
Indiana County $105,618
  • Indiana County Community Action Program
    • Rapid Rehousing 
Lawrence County Social Services, Inc. $1,720,417
  • Community Services Program of Beaver
    • Rapid Rehousing
  • Blair County Community Action Program
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Street Outreach
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Cen-Clear Child Services, Inc.
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Crawford County Mental Health Awareness Program
    • Rapid Rehousing
  • City Mission Living Stones, Inc.
    • Emergency Shelter
  • Connect, Inc.
    • Emergency Shelter
  • Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County
    • Emergency Shelter
  • Fayette County Community Action Agency
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Greene County Human Services
    • Street Outreach
  • Community Action Partnership of Mercer County
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Street Outreach
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Northern Tier Community Action Corporation
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Street Outreach
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Venango County Community Support Services
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Warren Forest Counties Economic Opportunity Council
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
McKean County $180,525
  • A Partnership in Housing Inc.
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • YWCA Bradford
    • Street Outreach
    • Emergency Shelter 
Mercer $150,438
  • AWARE, Inc.
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Emergency Shelter 
East Blair County $282,589
  • Blair County Community Action Program
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Street Outreach
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Family Services, Inc.
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Emergency Shelter 
Carbon County $55,000
  • Family Promise of Carbon County
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Emergency Shelter
  • Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
 Center for Community Action $153,550
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
    • Street Outreach
 Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. $321,781
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Street Outreach
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • THACC The Gate House
    • Emergency Shelter
 Clinton County Housing Coalition $302,950
    • Emergency Shelter
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Endless Mountain Mission Center
    • Emergency Shelter
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • STEP, Inc.
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention 
Community Action Partnership of Cambria County $166,000
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Blair County Community Action Program
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
    • Street Outreach
  • Catholic Charities
    • Homelessness Prevention
Cumberland County $128,650
  • Redevelopment Authority of Cumberland County
    • Rapid Rehousing
  • Community CARES
    • Street Outreach
  • Safe Harbour
    • Emergency Shelter
Franklin County $176,375
  • South Central CAP
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Emergency Shelter
  • Waynesboro Community & Human Services
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
Lehigh County $207,500
  • Catholic Charities
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • New Bethany Ministries
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Lehigh Conference of Churches
    • Street Outreach
  • Third Street Alliance for Women & Children
    • Homelessness Prevention
    • Rapid Rehousing
  • Project of Easton
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Easton Area Neighborhood Center
    • Homelessness Prevention
Monroe County $295,688
  • RHD/Crossroads
    • Street Outreach
    • Emergency Shelter
  • Salvation Army of East Stroudsburg
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Emergency Shelter
  • Family Promise of Monroe County
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention 
Schuylkill County $268,713
  • Schuylkill Community Action
    • Rapid Rehousing
    • Homelessness Prevention
  • Schuylkill Women in Crisis
    • Emergency Shelter
  • Servants to All
    • Emergency Shelter
    • Street Outreach
    • Homelessness Prevention
Union- Snyder Community Action Agency $66,400
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
Wayne County Human Services $101,156
  • Rapid Rehousing
           

EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT – CARES ACT (ESG-CV1)

MUNICIPAL GRANTEES

Adams County - $340,732

  • South Central Community Action Programs
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Emergency Shelter

Armstrong County - $457,515

  • Armstrong County Community Action Agency
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Helping All Victims in Need (HAVIN)
  • Emergency Shelter

Beaver County - $49,820

  • The Cornerstone of Beaver County
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention

Berks County - $300,000

  • Berks Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention

Bucks County - $996,400

  • Bucks County Opportunity Council
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • YWCA Bucks County
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention

Butler County - $1,546,519

  • Catholic Charities
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Emergency Shelter

Centre County - $341,549

  • Housing Transitions
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Emergency Shelter

Chester County - $498,200

  • Housing Authority of Chester County
  • Homelessness Prevention

Cumberland County - $79,500

  • Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Community CARES
  • Street Outreach
  • Homelessness Prevention

Dauphin County - $628,633

  • Christian Churches United
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness
  • Street Outreach
  • Valley Youth House
  • Street Outreach
  • Catholic Charities Interfaith Shelter
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Shalom House
  • Emergency Shelter
  • YWCA Greater Harrisburg
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Gaudenzia
  • Homelessness Prevention

Franklin County - $480,526

  • South Central Community Action Program
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Waynesboro Community & Human Services
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Maranatha Ministries
  • Street Outreach
  • Homelessness Prevention

Indiana County - $99,640

  • Indiana County Community Action Program
  • Homelessness Prevention

Lehigh County - $305,004

  • New Bethany Ministries
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Project of Easton
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown
    • Homelessness Prevention

McKean County - $150,148

  • YWCA Bradford
  • Emergency Shelter

Mercer County - $351,477

  • Aware, Inc.
  • Homelessness Prevention

Monroe County - $381,761

  • Family Promise of Monroe
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • The Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • RHD, Inc./Crossroads Community Services
  • Street Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • Emergency Shelter

Montgomery County - $498,200

  • Your Way Home
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Eviction Prevention and Intervention Coalition (EPIC)
  • Homelessness Prevention

Philadelphia City - $4,176,301

  • Homeless Advocacy Project
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • People’s Emergency Center
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Congresso de Latinos Unidos
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Resources for Human Development
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • SELF Inc and William Way Community Center
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Esperanza
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • HACE
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Turning Points for Children
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Valley Youth House
  • Homelessness Prevention

Schuylkill County - $448,335

  • Schuylkill Community Action
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Servants to All
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Schuylkill Women in Crisis
  • Emergency Shelter

Wayne County - $177,316

  • Wayne County Human Services Agency
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Emergency Shelter

NON-PROFIT GRANTEES (REGIONAL AWARDS)

Blair County CAP - $1,385,373

  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Rapid Rehousing

CAP of Cambria - $318,678

  • Rapid Rehousing
  • CAP of Somerset/Tableland Services, Inc.
  • Rapid Rehousing

Center for Community Action - $312,700

  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention

Central Susquehanna Opportunities - $566,424

  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Street Outreach
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • THACC/The Gate House
    • Emergency Shelter

Clinton County Housing Coalition - $192,565

  • Emergency Shelter
  • STEP, Inc.
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Tioga County Homeless Initiative
    • Homelessness Prevention
    • Emergency Shelter

Domestic Violence Services of SW PA - $403,711

  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention

Lawrence County Social Services - $3,355,362

  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Street Outreach
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Center for Community Resources
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Street Outreach
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Cen-Clear Child Services, Inc.
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • City Mission – Living Stones
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Community Services Program of Beaver County
  • Street Outreach
  • Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Fayette County Community Action Agency
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Greene County Human Services
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Community Action, Inc.
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Northern Tier Community Action Corporation
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Venango County Human Services
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Warren Forest Counties Economic Opportunity Council
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention

Union-Snyder CAA - $131,440

  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention