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ESG Resources

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Resources

The ESG resources page is the central hub for all ESG information, where you can access ESG-applicable laws, regulations, notices, along with ESG Program guides, tools, and webinars. These are all excellent resources to help staff learn or better understand the program. This page also houses links where staff can read past listserv messages and submit a question to the Ask a Question (AAQ) portal.

If you have any questions about the ESG Program, please submit a request through the CHCA Help Desk.

Application Materials


Program Resources 

Key Concepts and Requirements

Periodically, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issues short “SNAPS-Shots” covering key concepts related to ESG program requirements:

Other critical program requirements are detailed in two in-depth guidance documents and a matrix:

Eligibility and Documentation

Understanding the homeless and at risk of homelessness definitions can be challenging for some communities – especially when it comes to determining and documenting eligibility for ESG rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention assistance. It is critical that recipients and subrecipients are evaluating individuals and families for assistance correctly – not only for compliance purposes but also to ensure that ESG funds are being used to serve those most in need of assistance. The following materials can help providers correctly determine and document program participant eligibility:

Data Collection

The following materials can help recipients and subrecipients understand data collection requirements:

Important Cross-Cutting Concepts

Some cross-cutting programmatic practices are required by the ESG regulations, such as consultation with Continuums of Care (CoCs) and participation in coordinated entry. HUD strongly encourages recipients and subrecipients to adopt other key program elements, such as emphasizing rapid re-housing, implementing a low-barrier approach to emergency shelter, and using a Housing First model. While not all are ESG Program-specific, the following resources can assist recipients and subrecipients to understand and incorporate these important practices into their communities’ efforts to end homelessness:

Sign up for ESG Listserv

Don’t miss out when new resources and updates to existing ESG Program materials are posted to the HUD Exchange! Ensure you are signed up for the HUD Exchange ESG Listserv to receive announcements by going to the HUD Exchange Mailing List and selecting "ESG" from the program list.