Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG)

The City of Saint Paul receives an annual Emergency Solutions Grant Program grant award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).  The City subsequently allocates its ESG funds to qualified non-profit organizations which provide assistance, shelter, or services to homeless or at risk of being homeless individuals or families.

To meet national housing objectives, Saint Paul Emergency Solutions Grant Program will consist of following ESG program components:   

  • Emergency Shelter/Transitional Housing/Homeless Drop-In Centers Operation Costs    
  • Street Outreach Services
  • Homelessness Prevention Services
  • Rapid rehousing services

ESG eligible activities include an emergency shelter program component (i.e. operating costs, maintenance costs, and essential services), homelessness prevention component (i.e. case management, tenant-based financial assistance, such as one-month rental payment, deposits, and utility payments, as necessary to prevent homelessness.) street outreach services (i.e. street outreach for homeless youth, veterans, or homeless adults with mental illness), rapid re-housing services that meet City priorities, HMIS costs, and program administration costs.  Given the limited ESG funds and local need, ESG funds should be considered as supplementary funds to any program.


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Submission Requirements*:

  • ESG Application (See: ZoomGrants Attached)
  • A copy of organization’s 501(c) 3 stating non-profit organization status
  • Documentation of matching funds, i.e. check or donor letter (volunteer hours excluded)
  • A statement that organization has the capacity to report ESG records in HMIS  
  • Participation with Ramsey County Continuum of Care (“COC”) Coordinated Assessment
  • (“Coordinated Entry”)  According to HUD regulations,  each ESG-funded program or project within the Continuum of Care’s areas must use the centralized  assessment system.  The City and its community agencies must work with Ramsey County  Continuum of Care to ensure that screening, assessment, and referral of program participants are consistent with required written standards. 
  • ESG Subgrantees must have procedures to ensure confidentiality of victims of family violence  
  • ESG Subgrantee must have legal authority to provide assurances and certifications with respect to the federal Emergency Solutions Grant Program. 

*If you cannot submit any of these items before application date, please contact us in order to make other arrangements. Failure to do so could result in non-receipt of funds.  Applications must also have sufficient information to satisfy HUD requirements as described in the ESG application.  Please advise us if you are applying for parallel ESG funding from the State of Minnesota’s ESG and for what category is the agency is applying (1) maintenance and operations; (2) essential services to homeless people; (3) homeless prevention services, and (4) rapid rehousing programs.

Funding Considerations for ESG Awards

The Selection Committee will be advised to make its award recommendations as follows:

  • in recognition of HUD national objectives and City’s public purposes; and  
  • place a priority on services to residents living in City’s emergency shelters; and
  • avoid the unnecessary duplication of funding

The 2018-2019 ESG funds can reimburse expenses incurred from 1/01/2019 to 12/31/2019. City Council will consider ESG funding during December 2018 or January 2019.