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 2019, Washington County will receive an estimated $169,025 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 2019 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 $169,025 in PY 2019 ESG funding, Washington County OCD proposes to allocate 7.5 percent, an estimated $12,676, for administration and the remaining estimated total of $156,349 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.