The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program is authorized by subtitle B of Title IV – Housing Assistance Act as amended by S.896 The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The ESG interim rule 24 CFR Part 576, published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011, establishes the regulations for the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. The program focus is to assist people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. The program authorizes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make grants to states, units of general purpose local government, and territories for rapid rehousing and homeless prevention assistance, street outreach, the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters for the homeless, and for the payment of certain expenses related to operating emergency shelters.
The intent of ESG assistance is to rapidly transition homeless individuals and families to permanent stability through their own means or through public assistance, as appropriate. Funding provided under ESG is not intended to provide long-term support, nor will it be able to address all of the financial and supportive service needs of each individual and/or family. Blair County is required to design or adopt a service delivery system to achieve ESG goals and objectives but using approaches that are responsive to local issues and local Continuum of Care requirements.