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Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program - Balance of State (BoS) Allocation

Grants to California Nonprofits, Faith-Based Organizations,
and Agencies to Address Homelessness

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California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

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07/10/20 5:00 PM PST - Receipt


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and local government units in eligible regions for services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Funding is intended for the following eligible activities to benefit the homeless populations: prevention, engagement, rapid re-housing, and emergency shelter and related services. Applicants must be recommended by their regional Continuum of Care Service Area. Regional competitions are within three geographic regions: Northern Region, Bay Area Region, Central and Imperial Valley Region.

The Department subgrants its funding to subrecipients in Continuum of Care (CoC) service areas that have at least one jurisdiction that does not receive ESG funds directly from HUD (“Nonentitlement”). In the Balance of State Allocation, private nonprofit organizations or units of general purpose local government are eligible subrecipients that receive ESG funds directly from the Department. (The two allocations are described further below.)

Balance of State (BoS) Allocation:

CoCs within this allocation have no cities or counties that receive ESG funds directly from HUD.

Funding in the BoS allocation is made available based on recommendations from a CoC in two ways:

  1. Through regional competitions within three geographic regions pursuant to California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 25 CCR 8404 (a) (3); and
  2. Through a noncompetitive process for Rapid Re-Housing (RR) 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.

Eligible activities can be found starting at

Implementation Requirements can be found starting at

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GrantWatch ID#: 185928

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No individual application minimum and maximum grant amounts will be established by the state for the noncompetitive RR set-aside. The CoC shall determine the amounts of each individual application.

Term of Contract:

HCD distributes federal Emergency Solutions Grant funds to eligible subrecipients with one- or two-year grants.

All of the grantee’s ESG funds must be expended for eligible activity costs within 24 months after the date HUD signs the grant agreement with HCD.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CoCs play an integral role in recommending homeless provider applicants who compete for funds through their local procurement process. Applications from homeless providers shall only be considered if they are recommended by the CoC where the proposed activity is located. CoCs are required to submit the CoC recommendation package, which can be found on the ESG website with the ESG application.

To provide ESG-eligible activities within a CoC Service Area, applicants must be either private non-profit organizations or units of general-purpose local governments. In addition, all applicants must have a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Applicants must list their DUNS number in the ESG application. Evidence of an active DUNS number with the correct applicant address is required as part of the application and may be obtained by searching the System of Award Management. Applicants must include a copy of the search result in the application.

HCD will not award any ESG funds to applicants that are debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, or declared ineligible or voluntarily excluded from participation from federally assisted programs.

Private non-profit organization, as defined in 24 CFR Part 576.2, is an organization that: 1) is a secular or religious organization described in Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is exempt from taxation under subtitle A of the Codes; 2) has an accounting system; 3) has a voluntary board; 4) practices nondiscrimination in the provision of assistance; and 5) does not include a governmental organization, such as a public housing agency or housing finance agency.

Faith-based organizations receiving ESG funds, like all organizations receiving HUD funds, must serve all eligible program participants without regard to religion.

Units of general-purpose local governments, as defined in 24 CFR Part 576.2, are any city, county, town, township, parish, village, or other general-purpose political subdivision of a state. Units of general-purpose local governments applying for ESG funding for ES and/or SO activities must not replace funds the local government provided for these activities during the immediately preceding 12-month period, except in situations of severe financial deficit as determined by HUD.

Pre-Application Information:

Tentative Program Timeline:
- February 28, 2020: ESG NOFA and application for the BoS allocation released
- July 10, 2020: Application deadline
- September 2020: HCD announces AE awards

Applications will be accepted beginning the first business day following release of this NOFA and must be received by HCD no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, May 28, 2020. HCD will only accept applications through a postal carrier that provides date stamp verification confirming delivery to HCD’s office such as the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx. Please contact HCD if delivery is not completed by fault of the private carrier/U.S. Mail. Personal deliveries are not accepted.

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

After the Standard Agreement with HCD is fully executed, grantees may request an advance of 30 days working capital or $5,000, whichever is greater. Otherwise, all funding requests are on a reimbursement-only basis.

2020 ESG BoS Webinar-Recording:

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be mailed to the following address:

Department of Housing and Community Development
Division of Financial Assistance, Federal Programs Branch
Emergency Solutions Grants Program
2020 W. El Camino Avenue, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95833

Questions regarding the ESG NOFA and application process can be directed to

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