Department of City Planning
Emergency Solutions Grant
Community Development

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program

The purpose of the ESG program is to assist individuals and families in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness.

Recipients, which can be state governments, metropolitan cities, urban counties and U.S. territories receive ESG funds from HUD and make these funds available to eligible subrecipients, which can be either local government agencies or private nonprofit organizations. Subrecipients that want to operate the homeless assistance and/or homelessness prevention projects must apply for ESG funds through the governmental recipient, not directly through HUD.

ESG funds are available for five program components: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing assistance and data collection through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Recipients also receive administration funds with a statutory cap of 7.5 percent.  Local government recipients may carry out all ESG activities directly, whereas state recipients may only carry out activities related to administrative costs and HMIS.

2014 ESG Application Information

The City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning announces that the 2014 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program applications are now available.

There are two (2) applications:

  1. Emergency Shelter and Street Outreach Application
  2. Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Lead Agency Application

Please click on the name of the application your organization would like to apply for above, in order to download a fillable version of the application in Word.

Applications are due February 28, 2014 by 3:30 p.m. to:

Tammy Pifer

Allegheny County Economic Development

100 Chatham Place, Suite 900

112 Washington Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15219



(Post-marks do not meet the application due date.)

Please contact Elizabeth Daniels-Totten at or 412-255-0740 with related questions.

City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street, Fourth Floor | Pittsburgh, PA 15219 | 412-255-2200 | E-mail

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