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Kentucky Housing Corporation Announces Emergency Shelter Grant and Emergency Shelter Grant Match Funding Availability

For Immediate Release          Contact:  Charla Jackson Peter 
January 24, 2007 (502) 564-7630, ext. 454 


Kentucky Housing Corporation Announces Emergency Shelter Grant and
Emergency Shelter Grant Match Funding Availability

Kentucky Housing Corporation has announced the availability of Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funding along with the first round of Emergency Shelter Grant Match (ESGM) funds.  ESG is a federal program administered by Kentucky Housing that was established in 1989 to aid America’s homeless.  

All Kentucky cities, counties and nonprofit shelter providers are eligible to apply for ESG funds to be used for one or more of the following activities: 

  • Renovation, rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters for the homeless.
  • Provision of essential services for the homeless.
  • Payment of maintenance and operation costs for homeless shelter facilities.
  • Developing and implementing homeless prevention activities.

Recipients must match federal funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Successful ESG applicants may be eligible for an allocation of ESGM funds to be used for the following activities:

  • Provision of essential services for the homeless.
  • Developing and implementing homeless prevention activities (limited to 25 percent). 

While the exact number is difficult to pinpoint, national models applied to recent census data for Kentucky indicate that there are approximately 20,000 homeless people in the state at any given time.  As administrators of this federal grant, Kentucky Housing receives applications from eligible entities and manages the allocation of the funds.  Kentucky Housing also offers implementation training for all funded applicants each year. 

Kentucky Housing will be conducting an ESG/ESGM application workshop in mid-February providing instruction on the application procedure.  Additional information regarding this training will be posted on once details have been confirmed. 

Copies of the ESG/ESGM application packet will be available at the workshop.  Anyone unable to attend the workshop may request an application from Kentucky Housing or access it at by clicking Housing Production, then Specialized Housing Resources.  Completed applications will be due in early March. 

Individuals who require special accommodations to attend the workshop should contact Jill House at least three days in advance at (502) 564-7630 or (800) 633-8896, extension 705; TTY 711; or e-mail  Ms. House may also be contacted to request an alternative format of the application or for additional information about ESG funding.


Kentucky Housing Corporation, the state housing finance agency, was created by the 1972 General Assembly to provide affordable housing opportunities.  As a self-supporting, public corporation, Kentucky Housing offers lower-than-market rate home mortgages, housing production financing, homeownership education/counseling, rental assistance, housing rehabilitation and supportive housing programs for special needs populations.

                 Kentucky Housing Corporation prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, disability or veteran status.