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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies to Address Homelessness

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program


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Funding Source
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: North Carolina

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/21/23 5:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs to address and prevent homelessness. Funding is intended to assist families or individuals who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. Focus areas include providing emergency shelter, street outreach, rapid re-housing, relocation services, and rental assistance. Priority will be given to programs that provide urgently needed placement and housing stabilization.

NC ESG funds are intended to be used as part of a crisis response system using a low-barrier, housing-focused approach to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and one-time.  Activities can include:

  • Engaging homeless individuals and families living on the street;
  • Improving the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; 
  • Helping operate emergency shelters; 
  • Providing essential services to emergency shelter residents, 
  • Rapidly rehouse homeless individuals and families, and 
  • Preventing families and individuals from becoming homeless.

Agencies participating in the ESG program and/or receiving ESG funds are eligible to perform activities under the components outlined below: 

  • Street Outreach - Meet the immediate needs of unsheltered homeless people by connecting them with emergency shelters, housing, and/or critical health services. 
  • Emergency Shelter - Intended to increase the quantity and quality of temporary emergency shelters provided to homeless people by supporting the shelter's operating expenses and essential services.  
  • Rapid Re-housing - Move homeless people individuals and families quickly into permanent housing through rental assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services. 
  • Homelessness Prevention - Prevent households from becoming homeless through rental assistance, and housing relocation and stabilization services.
  • NC HMIS / Domestic Violence / Victim Service Provider Comparable Database - Support ESG Subrecipients' participation in HMIS / or DV comparable database collection system. Federal law requires that Domestic Violence / Victim Service Provider agencies use Systems Comparable to HMIS rather than the HMIS used by other homeless agencies.

Funding Priorities

  • Emergency Response 
    • Supporting the Housing First model and low-barrier shelters that prioritizes rapid placement and stabilization in permanent housing. 
    • Use of emergency shelter funds to support facilities linked to rapid rehousing programs.
  • Housing Stabilization
    • Supporting the Housing First model that prioritizes rapid placement and stabilization in permanent housing.
    • Rapid Rehousing Services and Rapid Rehousing Financial Assistance should be linked to an emergency shelter or street outreach program to ensure coordination/prioritization of clients in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following are eligible sub-recipients for ESG funding:
1. Units of general local government, including metropolitan entitlement communities that receive direct ESG allocations from HUD.
2. Private 501 (c) 3 designated nonprofit organizations.

Note: Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) or non-profits established by PHAs are not eligible sub-recipients of NC ESG funds.

Pre-Proposal Conference
All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the technical assistance sessions below, being offered by the NC ESG Office, to review and discuss the 2023-2024 NC ESG RFA:
- Tuesday, June 13, 10 am-12 pm
- Thursday, June 15, 10 am-12 pm – new applicants only
- Tuesday, June 20, 1 pm-3 pm


Pre-Application Information
Applications must be received through Smartsheet submission by 5:00 pm on Monday, August 21, 2023.

Funding decisions will be announced by October 2. Contracts will be sent out by December 15, 2023.

The State will not accept applications directly from nonprofit or local government organizations.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Contact Information
The link to the Smartsheet submission page will be provided to applicants by their CoC.

Chris Battle
ESG Homeless Programs Coordinator
Phone: 919-675-3067

Lisa Worth
ESG Homeless Programs Coordinator
Phone: 919-605-0085

Alissa Pritchett
ESG Homeless Programs Coordinator
Phone: 919-614-5777

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
2001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2000

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