Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has transitioned the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) to the Emergency Solutions Grant, in accordance with the HEARTH Act of 2009.

The change in name reflects a change in focus. The program is now geared toward helping individuals and families regain permanent housing after experiencing homelessness and to help those facing the imminent threat of homelessness.  ESG addresses these issues by providing support and resources for those facing homelessness and housing crises. The objective is to keep individuals and families in stable housing arrangements. While still a relatively small grant, ESG has seen recent growth in funding, increasing by 75% since FY2010. In FY2013 the City will receive $242,242, with the funds managed cooperatively by the Community Development Department and the Department of Human Service Programs.

For More Information

For more information, please contact Robert Keller at rkeller@cambridgema.gov or 617/469-4602.