The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program is a component of the state's Continuum of Care system designed to alleviate homelessness in Oklahoma. ESG programs enable homeless individuals and families to move toward independent living by providing emergency housing, supportive services, and housing assistance. ESG funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis and administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
The general goals of this funding are consistent with those established by HUD and are intended to benefit people with low to moderate income:
Eligible activities funded under ESG include the following:
Strategies outlined by the Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness (GICH) 10-year Plan adopted by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce/ Community Development (ODOC/CD) continues to advance and energize the state's efforts to identify and combat the issues that result in homelessness. To that end ODOC/CD continues to lead the efforts for the preparation of the Consolidated Plan, devoted to the organization of federal resources to identify, strategize and implement effective ways to relieve the burden of low-income and in many cases homeless individuals and families. The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program is a component of the state's efforts to alleviate homelessness in Oklahoma. When used in conjunction with other local resources the ESG program provides the foundation for homeless people to moving toward and maintaining independence.
Shelter operators interested in making application, must meet one of two options:
ODOC/CD funds only those ESG applicants located in and serving non-formula areas. Potential applicants with a shelter located in the jurisdictions of the City of Tulsa or the City of Oklahoma City must apply through their prospective entitlement communities.
Shelters applying for ESG funds independently or through eligible sponsors are required to be members of their local Continuum of Care and must either already participate in collecting client data or be ready to start collecting client data using the Continuum's HMIS (Homelessness Management Information System).
The ESG Program is a competitive program. Funding is available in two tiers, each with its own objectives and funding criteria. See the Emergency Solutions Application Guidelines for explanation of the funding tiers.
ESG funds must be matched dollar for dollar by local sources.