EMERGENCY SOLUTION GRANTS (ESG) PROGRAM: Under the Emergency
Solution Grants Program, the
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) receives
federal funding through the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support
homeless shelters and homeless services programs in 19 counties and three
Urban counties, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince
George's, as well as Baltimore City, receive ESG funding directly from HUD and
not through DHCD. For information on shelter locations or accommodations, call
Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) Office of Transitional
Services at 410-767-7328 or Visit
| WHO CAN APPLY?
Local governments in Allegany, Garrett, Washington, Queen
Anne’s, Somerset, Charles, Cecil, Caroline, Carroll, Dorchester, St. Mary’s,
Talbot, Howard, Kent, Worcester, Wicomico, Harford, Calvert, and Frederick
Counties, City of Salisbury, City of Annapolis and City of Frederick. Local
governments in the 23 eligible jurisdictions apply for the funding to support
emergency and transitional homeless shelters and homeless services programs
operated by local government agencies or nonprofit organizations. Service
providers prepare the applications, which must be submitted through the local
government in the jurisdiction where the services are provided.
| ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
The ESG funds are used primarily to support operating costs, case management
and client services, and staffing and administrative costs for shelters and
post-shelter transitional units. Funds may also be used for assisting sheltered
persons make the transition to permanent housing and independent living.
awards ESG funds annually under a competitive application process. The maximum
request varies depending on the annual allocation received by DHCD. In recent
years local government applicants have been able to request up to $75,000.
Dayna Harris, Project Manager