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Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Community Housing Assistance

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:

  • Provide decent housing
  • Provide a suitable living environment
  • Expand economic opportunities

Organizations 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).

Service providers interested in making application, must meet one of the following options:

  • Sponsored – Private nonprofits seeking ESG funds for the first time must be sponsored.
  • Unsponsored – Private nonprofits with yearly independent audits and no major findings may independently apply for an ESG grant.

Sponsorships may be obtained from either a unit of general local government or the Community Action Agency (CAA) operating in that jurisdiction. After the first funded program year, a nonprofit that meets the requirements for an unsponsored application may request permission from ODOC to apply for ESG funding independently.

All grant applications must be submitted through OKGrants. Read more about using OKGrants. See guidelines for each program for complete details.


Technical assistance regarding eligibility, application guidelines, and other information pertaining to the ESG program is available upon request. Contact Rebekah Zahn at 405-815-5373 or

Program Details

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.

Eligible activities funded under ESG include the following:

  • Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;
  • Assist with shelter operation costs;
  • Provide essential services to shelter residents,
  • Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and
  • Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.

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