Emergency Solutions Grant

 

With the authorization of the HEARTH Act in May 2009, Congress made significant changes to the McKinney-Vento Act programs. One of the changes replaced the Emergency Shelter Grant program (ESG) with the Emergency Solutions Grant. The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) provides federal funds to assist individuals and families to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. In PY 2020, Washington County will receive an estimated $192,189 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds.

In coordination with the activities of the County's Continuum of Care –The Housing and Supportive Services Network (HSSN), OCD administers the ESG program. In previous years, ESG funds administered through Washington County OCD were used for combination of street outreach, emergency shelter operations, homeless prevention, and rapid re-housing administered through Community Action. However, after consulting with the HSSN, it was decided that Washington County will use FY 2020 ESG funds primarily for rapid re-housing activities. The reduction in County ESG funds from previous years used for street outreach, emergency shelter operations, and homeless prevention will be offset by a comparable increase in State funds administered through Community Action for these activities so that the total distribution of funds administered by Community Action relative to these different activities to address homelessness in the Washington County Continuum of Care network will remain approximately the same.

For the estimated $192,189 in PY 2020 ESG funding, Washington County OCD proposes to allocate 7.5 percent, an estimated $14,414, for administration and the remaining estimated total of $177,775 to Community Action for Rapid Re-housing activities, which would serve approximately 60 households. Please click the link to see the 2019 ESG Operations Manual.

CARES Act Funding:

On March 27, 2020, the federal government approved the CARES Act which provided additional funds for the Emergency Solutions Grant program.  HUD has abbreviated the program name as ESG-CV.  For the first round of funding, Washington County has been allocated $662,721. The ESG-CV allocation proposal was approved by the Board on June 2, 2020.

ESG-CV Allocation Proposal (Total Allocation: $662,721)

Subrecipient Eligible Activity Funding Amount Regulatory Limits Performance Indicator & Type
Community Action Organization Street outreach $45,000 Regular Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) limits are waived for the ESG-CV (Emergency Solutions Grant-covid19) funding.

See totals below in CV2 allocation.

Community Action Organization Rapid Re-Housing $211,449 n/a

Number: Minimum of 78 individuals

Type: Families and individuals

Community Action Organization Homeless Prevention $250,000 n/a

Number: Minimum of 120 individuals

Type: Families and individuals

Washington County Dept. of Housing Services Severe Weather Shelter $90,000 Regular ESG limits are waived for the ESG-CV funding

See totals below in CV2 allocation.

Washington County OCD Admin $66,272 10% cap on amount available for Admin. n/a

 

Washington County has been allocated $2,214,134 for the second round of ESG CARES Act funding (ESG-CV2). We are seeking Board approval for the ESG-CV2 allocation proposal on August 25, 2020.

ESG-CV2 Allocation Proposal (Total Allocation: $2,214,134)

Subrecipient Eligible Activity Funding Amount Regulatory Limits Performance Indicator
Community Action Organization Street Outreach $368,000 Regular ESG limits are waived for the ESG-CV funding Staffing and supplies, contracting with agencies for outreach, anticipated engagement of 650-700 individuals
Community Action Organization Rapid Re-Housing $1,224,721 N/A 45 households (estimated at 18 months each)
Community Action Organization Homeless Prevention $0 N/A N/A
Community Action Organization Admin $161,413 10% cap on amount available for Admin. This is 7% N/A
Washington County Dept. of Housing Services Severe Weather Shelter Operations $400,000 Regular ESG limits are waived for ESG-CV funding. 4-5 sites. Certain shelters may be able to offer 24/7 stay options. No more than 30 people per site. 150 people served.
Washington County OCD Admin $60,000 10% cap on amount available for Admin. Shared with CAO. Washington County share 3%. N/A