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Consumer Alert

Consumers of services should be aware that, except in cases where a small fee is charged for emergency shelter, agencies providing homeless services do NOT charge homeless participants for service.  If a provider requires payment, you should consider accessing another resource.  Please access the related link below for DCA funded agencies in your area.  You may also contact the Continuum of Care (CoC) lead agency for your area to identify another service provider in your area. This information can be found at the related link below.

Related Documents and Links

 *Further, only an agency offering assistance can determine eligibility for the programs and services they provide.  Please be advised that eligibility is NOT determined by parties outside that agency.

Program Description

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program provides outreach, shelter, rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention and related services to persons experiencing homelessness, or for persons in danger of becoming homeless, throughout the state.  Assistance is provided to members of the community, local government entities and non-profit organizations utilizing State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission (HTF) and Federal HUD ESG funds. This program is principally designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance to enable homeless individuals and families to move toward independent living as well as to prevent homelessness. 


2016 Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Supportive Services and Shelter Plus Care Harm Reduction Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Application Process Announcement

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the 2016 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program.  The ESG program is designed to provide housing and service resources with the goal of stable housing outcomes for eligible persons, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 


The application process will open on Friday, March 4, 2016 and all applications and supporting materials will be due on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Noon. 

Unlike recent years, there will be a cut-off date for receiving your log-in information for the online application system.  Applicants are able to request log-in information until 5 pm on Friday, March 18, 2016


Click here to begin the application process and to register for the Housing Solutions Online (HSOnline) System:



2016 - 2017 Application Webinars/ Guidance


2016 - 2017 Emergency Solutions Grants Applications


2016 - 2017 Emergency Solutions Grants Supplemental Documents


2016-2017 ESG Application Q&A Webinars

DCA will conduct 7 webinars to answer questions concerning the applications.  Click on the link to register:

  • March 10, 2016 (10:00 am – 11:00 am)


  • March 14, 2016 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)


  • March 17, 2016 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)


  • March 21, 2016 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)


  • March 24, 2016 (10:00 am – 11:00 am)


  • March 28, 2016 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)


  • March 31, 2016 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)



State FY 2016 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Shelter Plus Care Matching, and Shelter Plus Care Harm Reduction Awards

The State of Georgia is pleased to announce the selection of funding recipients under the State FY 2016 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Shelter Plus Care Matching, and Shelter Plus Care Harm Reduction programs (link to full information - PDF).  Across all four programs, DCA received 315 requests totaling over $16.8 million. Of these requests, DCA has awarded over $9.1 million to organizations which will implement 200 programs to serve individuals  across Georgia who are homeless, threatened with homelessness, or assisting people living with HIV in their service areas. Funding for each award comes from either (1) the Federal Emergency Solutions Grant Program,(2) the Federal Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program, or (3) State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission.  



Are You an ESG Grantee?

(Follow this link to ESG Grantees Only  Web Page)


Contact Information

Email: Office of Homelessness and Special Needs Housing

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231

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