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Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program

Program Description | Awards | Contact Information


Consumer Alert

Consumers of services should be aware that, except in cases where a small fee is charged for emergency shelter, agencies providing homeless services do NOT charge homeless participants for service.  If a provider requires payment, you should consider accessing another resource.  Please access the related link below for DCA funded agencies in your area.  You may also contact the Continuum of Care (CoC) lead agency for your area to identify another service provider in your area. This information can be found at the related link below.

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 *Further, only an agency offering assistance can determine eligibility for the programs and services they provide.  Please be advised that eligibility is NOT determined by parties outside that agency.

Program Description

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program provides outreach, shelter, rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention and related services to persons experiencing homelessness, or for persons in danger of becoming homeless, throughout the state.  Assistance is provided to members of the community, local government entities and non-profit organizations utilizing State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission (HTF) and Federal HUD ESG funds. This program is principally designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance to enable homeless individuals and families to move toward independent living as well as to prevent homelessness. 


SFY 2018 ESG, HOPWA, and S+C Matching Awards

The Department of Community Affairs is pleased to announce this year’s awards under the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Matching, and Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs.  The broad purpose of these programs is to deliver housing supports and related services to persons strictly defined as either: (1) “homeless” or “at risk of homelessness,” as defined in Federal regulation for the ESG program, or as (2) “eligible persons” (lower income persons with HIV/AIDS) as defined for the HOPWA program.

For this fiscal year, we received 224 requests totaling $13.8 million.  Of the requests, $8.7 million was awarded to 155 programs.  Funding for each award comes from either (1) Federal ESG or HOPWA funds made available to DCA or (2) the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless (HTF).


Are You an ESG Grantee?

(Follow this link to ESG Grantees Only  Web Page)


Contact Information

Email: Office of Homelessness and Special Needs Housing

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231

If you are homeless or in need of housing assistance, please contact the DCA Call Center at 1-888-858-6085.