What is the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)?

In 2009 the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH) was passed. The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes. The Act included funding for a new program, intended to replace the existing Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) program. This new funding was called the Emergency Solutions Grant (H-ESG). In 2012, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the guidelines for H-ESG, and the second allocation of 2011 funds that the County of York received was subject to these new H-ESG program regulations. Use of these funds was limited to homeless prevention or rapid re-housing activities. The County, in collaboration with the Continuum of Care Committee, works to provide this funding source to local agencies that assist the homeless populations of York County. YCPC acts as the administrator for this grant.

Eligible H-ESG Activities

York County has chosen to focus H-ESG Activities on two specific areas which are approved by the regulations governing the program:

  1. Homeless Prevention Activities (primarily through Rental Assistance)
  2. Emergency Shelter Operations Activities

In order for a project or activity to be funded under this Program it must:

  • Be an eligible activity under the H-ESG program requirements and have matching funds;
  • If funds are for a shelter, it must have been in operation for at least one (1) year;
  • The applicant must assist in obtaining appropriate support services and other available assistance for the homeless; and
  • The activity must be consistent with the County‚Äôs Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report.

Activities will also be reviewed to determine whether they meet a priority need identified in the York County 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.

Questions on the Emergency Solutions Grant (H-ESG)?

Have questions about H-ESG, or are interested in the application schedule? You can request more information on this grant process from the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .