The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), enacted into law of May 20, 2009, consolidates three of the separate homeless assistance programs administered by HUD under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act into a single grant program, and revises the Emergency Shelter Grants program and renames it as the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program.
The change in the programs name, from Emergency Shelter Grants to Emergency Solutions Grants reflects the change in the programs focus from addressing the needs of homeless people in emergency or transitional shelters to assisting people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.
In coordination with the Continuum of Care, the priority for funding assistance in 2012/13 is homeless prevention, specifically families who are at risk of first-time homelessness.
ESG funds may be used for short or medium term rental assistance, rental application fee, security deposits, rent arrearages, last month’s rent, utility deposits, utility payments, utility arrearages, moving costs, housing search and placement, case management, landlord-tenant mediation, tenant legal services, and credit repair.
The County of Volusia will contract with the Volusia/Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless to provide case management services and provide direct services to eligible clients.