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.
The County of Volusia is under contract with The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia to provide case management, rapid re-housing, homeless prevention, emergency shelter and street outreach services to eligible clients. The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia also uses ESG funds for data collection using the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
To apply for services, please contact The Neighborhood Center directly at 386-734-8120.