Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program is designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance to prevent homelessness and to enable homeless individuals and families to move toward independent living.
The Emergency Solutions Grants program was originally established by the Homeless Housing Act of 1986, in response to the growing issue of homelessness among men, women, and children in the United States. In 1987, the ESG program was incorporated into subtitle B of title IV of the Stewart B. McKinney - Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11371-11378).
ESG is a formula-funded program that uses the Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) formula as the basis for allocating funds to eligible jurisdictions, which the City of Hartford provides grants to qualified agencies for:
• Shelter operating expenses;
• Essential services; and
• Homeless prevention activities
Susan Loranger, Director
Central Grants Administration
550 Main Street, Suite 302
Hartford, CT 06103