Emergency Solutions Grants

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The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program provides street outreach, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention, and related services to persons experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless throughout the state. 
Sub-awards are provided to local government entities and non-profit organizations utilizing State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission (HTF) and Federal HUD ESG funds.  These agencies then deliver program services at the local level.  This program is principally designed to operate within a continuum of assistance that enables individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to move toward housing sustainability.




  • The PDF of the FFY23 DCA ESG Application Workshop PowerPoint.

  • The DCA ESG and HOPWA Programs application process will open Monday, April 10, 2023.

    The DCA ESG Program will have four (4) Q & A webinars offered during the application process. The HOPWA Program will have two (2) Q & A webinars during the application process. Local government entities and non-profit organizations applying for ESG and/or HOPWA are encouraged to attend at least one (1) Q & A webinar.

    Q & A Webinars

    Thursday, April 13, 2023, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    (ESG Only)

    Click Here to Join 


    Monday, April 17, 2023, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    (ESG and HOPWA) 

    Click Here to Join 


    Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    (ESG Only) 

    Click Here to Join


    Thursday, May 4, 2023, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    (ESG and HOPWA)

    Click Here to Join 


    The application process will open Monday, April 10, 2023 and will close at noon, Friday, May 5, 2023.

    Please feel free to contact LaDrina M. Jones (LaDrina.Jones@dca.ga.gov) with questions or concerns you may have regarding the DCA ESG Program application Q & A webinars.

    Please feel free to contact Michelle Carter (Michelle.Carter@dca.ga.gov) with questions or concerns you may have regarding the DCA HOPWA Program application Q & A webinars.

  • 2023 Emergency Solutions Grants Application Workshop Announcement

    The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the 2023 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. The ESG Program is designed to provide housing or service resources with the goal of stable housing outcomes for eligible person, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

    The ESG application process will open on Monday, April 10, 2023, and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on Friday, May 5, 2023, at Noon. 

    Information regarding the application process for ESG will be posted on our web site at:  https://www.dca.ga.gov/safe-affordable-housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/emergency-solutions-grants.  

    DCA will offer five in person ESG Program workshops that will go over the programs, the application process, and the application timeline.  Please click the link below to register for the location of your choice.  These workshops are scheduled for:

    Friday, February 24, 2023

    This session is only open to registrants of the DCA 2023 Housing Symposium in Savannah, GA


    Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Athens-Clarke County Library

    2025 Baxter Street

    Athens, GA 30606

    Click Here to Register


    Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    River Edge Behavioral Health

    175 Emery Hwy

    Macon, GA 31217

    Click Here to Register


    Thursday, March 16, 2023, 9:00 am -11:00 am

    DCA Central Office Location

    60 Executive Park South, Northeast

    Atlanta, GA 30329        

    Click Here to Register



    Thursday, March 30, 2023, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm       

    Valdosta City Hall Annex

    300 N. Lee Street

    Valdosta, GA 31601

    Click Here to Register 

    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 2023 applications.

    We appreciate your time in reviewing this information.  Please feel free to pass it along to others within your agency, or to any organization that serves the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in your community.  Should you have questions regarding these workshops, please contact LaDrina M. Jones at LaDrina.Jones@dca.ga.gov.

    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For a reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact at: (404) 679-4840 or fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.