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Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009, enacted into law on May 20, 2009, consolidated three of the separate homeless assistance programs administered by HUD under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act into a single grant program. The HEARTH Act also revised the Emergency Shelter Grants program and renamed it the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program.

The change in the program’s name, from Emergency Shelter Grants to Emergency Solutions Grants, reflects the change in the program’s 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.

The County of Volusia is under contract with The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia to provide rapid re-housing services and with Halifax Urban Ministries to provide homeless prevention services to eligible clients. The ESG rapid re-housing program provides short-term assistance to households who are literally homeless and the ESG homeless prevention program provides short-term assistance to households who are at imminent risk of homelessness.

For additional information, please contact Brittany Louis at or 386-736-5955 ext. 12959.

To apply for services, please contact The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia directly at 386-734-8120 or contact Halifax Urban Ministries directly at 386-317-5886 option 2.

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