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.

For immediate assistance, please contact:

  • The Allegheny Link: 866-730-2368
  • United Way: Call 211 

For general questions regarding the ESG program please contact Jerry Cafardi at jerry.cafardi@pittsburghpa.gov or 412-255-2162 with related questions.

2017 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Applications

Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) and the City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning would like to announce that applications are available for the (program year) 2017 Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program.  These applications can also be used for any ESG funding that ACED and/or the City of Pittsburgh may apply for through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and/or the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA-DCED).  

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program provides funding to: 

  1. Engage homeless individuals and families living on the streets.
  2. Improve the number and quantity of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families. 
  3. Help operate these shelters.
  4. Provide essential services to shelter residents.
  5. Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families.
  6. Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.
    • All agencies awarded funds are required to participate in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).  

Below, please find four application types.  If you are a new applicant—if your organization is not currently receiving ESG funds—please select the “New Applicant” application, for either Emergency Shelter & Street Outreach, or Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Rehousing, depending on the type of service your organization would provide.  If your organization currently receives ESG funds, you should select one of the “Renewal” applications, based on the type of service you provide. NOTE: Renewal applicants will also be required to review and respond to performance reports, which is a separate document from the Application document and which will be emailed to renewing organizations during the application period.   

 If you have questions on which application you should be using, please contact Elizabeth Daniels-Totten at 412-255-0740 or Elizabeth.Daniels-Totten@PittsburghPA.gov

Please click below to download the applications: