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Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program - Continuum of Care (CoC) Allocation

Grants to California Local Government Units
in Eligible Areas to Address Homelessness

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California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

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10/19/21 5:00 PM PDT


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Grants to California local governments, including cities and counties, in eligible areas to address homelessness. Funding is intended to be redistributed to local service providers. Service providers should be engaged in the following eligible activities to benefit the homeless populations: prevention, engagement, rapid re-housing, and emergency shelter and related services. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) receives funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and allocates funds to eligible Continuum of Care (CoC) service areas.

Continuum of Care (CoC) Allocation:

  • CoCs within this allocation have at least one city or county that receives ESG funds directly from HUD. Within the CoC Allocation, Administrative Entities (AEs) are selected by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to administer an allocation of funds provided through a formula for their service area. These AEs must be local governments of ESG Entitlement Areas and must commit to administering ESG funds in collaboration with their CoC throughout their CoC Service Area, including ensuring access to ESG funds by households living in Nonentitlement Areas. A minimum of 40 percent of each AE Allocation must be used for Rapid Rehousing activities.

The ESG program provides funding for the following objectives:

  • Engaging individuals and families experiencing homelessness;
  • Improving the quality of Emergency Shelters (ES) for individuals and families experiencing homelessness by helping to operate these shelters, and by providing essential services to shelter residents;
  • Rapidly re-housing individuals and families experiencing homelessness; and
  • Preventing families/individuals from becoming homeless.

Grantees should prioritize the advancement of racial equity at all levels of the homeless response system. The Department asks grantees to be leaders in their homeless response systems, facilitating partnerships among service organizations and promoting racial equity practices. Grantees must respond to disproportionality in access to services, service provision and outcomes. Grantees cannot simply rely on delivering a standardization of services to address equity. Grantees have the responsibility to examine their data to ensure all eligible persons receive equitable services, support, and are served with dignity, respect, and compassion regardless of circumstances, ability, or identity.

For the 2021 NOFA, all activities permitted under 24 CFR Part 576.102 shall be eligible except for: renovation, conversion, or major rehabilitation activities. Minor repairs to an ESG-funded ES that do not qualify as renovation, conversion, or major rehabilitation are an eligible use of state ESG funds. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 185927

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Where there is an approved AE, the AE will be responsible for setting any minimum and maximum grant amounts, since it will be evaluating provider applications and managing these contracts. HCD will monitor AEs to ensure that they effectively manage the number of awards they make.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) outlines application requirements and timelines for approved units of general-purpose local government, known as Administrative Entities (AEs), in the CoC allocation. AEs are responsible for administering ESG funds in collaboration with their local CoC for their respective CoC service area.

Unit of general-purpose local government means any city, county, or other general-purpose political subdivision of a state.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a ‘rolling’ basis. Applications that are submitted prior to the October 19, 2021 application due date will be reviewed immediately and if approved, will be awarded.

The Department will be accepting 2021 ESG applications through the eCivis Grants Management System portal beginning August 17, 2021. Applications and all required documentation must be received by the Department no later than Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Any application received after Thursday, October 19, 2021, 5:00 p.m. PDT will not be accepted.

HCD announces AE awards: December 2021

Paper binder applications will no longer be accepted or required.

Funded applicants must make matching contributions in an amount that equals the amount of federal ESG funds awarded. HCD will request documentation as part of its monitoring to determine the sources and amounts used to meet the federal ESG matching requirement.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Department of Housing and Community Development
Division of Financial Assistance, Federal Programs Branch
Emergency Solutions Grants Program
2020 W. El Camino Avenue, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95833

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