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Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program

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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.

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 *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. 


2017 (SFY 2018) ESG Application Process

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the 2017 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. The application process will open on Friday, March 17, 2017 and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Noon. Please note that there will be a cut-off date for receiving your log in information for HSOnline. Applicants are able to request log-in information beginning on Friday, March 17, 2017 and ending on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Application documents and a link for the HSOnline system will be made available on this website upon opening of the application process.

DCA will offer three in person workshops that will go over the programs, the application process, and the application timeline. These workshops are scheduled for:

Monday, March 13, 2017, 9:00 am 12:00 pm
River Edge Behavioral Health Center
175 Emery Highway
Macon, GA 31217

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1:00 pm 4:00 pm
Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville Campus
Busbee Center, Building 700, Room 1309
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 10:00 am 1:00 pm
Georgia Labor Department
221 S Ashley Street
Valdosta, GA 31601

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the in person workshops listed above to learn about changes that have been made to the ESG program for 2017 applications. In the event that you are unable to attend an in person workshop, or if you would like to see the presentation again after attending in person, DCA will also offer an application workshop webinar on March 16, 2017 from 9:00 am 12:00 pm. To attend the webinar, please register using the following link:

Please register for 2017 DCA ESG and HOPWA Application Workshop on Mar 16, 2017 9:00 AM EDT at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

SFY 2017 ESG, HOPWA, and S+C Matching Awards

The Department of Community Affairs is pleased to announce this year’s awards under the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Matching, and Housing Opportunity for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. The broad purpose of these programs is to deliver housing supports and related services to persons strictly defined as either: (1) “homeless” or “at risk of homelessness,” as defined in Federal regulation for the ESG program, or as (2) “eligible persons” (lower income persons with HIV/AIDS) as defined for the HOPWA program.

In this year's competition we received 290 requests totaling $17 million dollars. Of the requests, $8.9 million dollars
was awarded to 167 programs. Funding for each award comes from either (1) Federal ESG or HOPWA
funds made available to DCA or (2) the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless (HTF).


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

If you are homeless or in need of housing assistance, please contact the DCA Call Center at 1-888-858-6085.

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