The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program replaces the Emergency Shelter Grants program and expands the eligible activities to include homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing components. The purpose of the ESG program is to assist individuals and families to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. Funds may be used to provide financial assistance to income eligible households with fiscal burdens that have contributed to homelessness or to households with current fiscal burdens that could potentially result in homelessness.
Financial assistance includes a wide array of activities- payment of back rent, utilities, security deposits, and short and medium term rental assistance. Up to 18 months of rental assistance may be provided to eligible households. Those successfully enrolled into the program may receive short-term rental assistance for 1 to 3 months, medium-term rental assistance for 4 to 18 months, and/or up to 6 months of rental arrears. ESG funds may also be used for utility payments for up to 18 months, as well as up to 6 months of utility arrears.
Each applicant household must meet with a case manager to establish the household’s needs. To be eligible, households must be either literally homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The household must be at or below 30% of Area Medium Income (AMI). Documents of homelessness status/risk are required, as appropriate. In addition to proof of income, households are required to present one or more of the following documents: proper identification, social security number, eviction notice, copy of lease, termination notice, verification of account balance, etc. Services Available in Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties.