Emergency Solutions Grants Program

​Under the Emergency Solutions Grants Program, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development receives federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support homeless shelters and homeless services programs in 19 counties and three municipalities.

Urban counties, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's, as well as Baltimore City, receive federal funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and not through the department. These jurisdictions are eligible to apply for state funding for programs which serve unaccompanied homeless youth.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Local governments in Allegany, Garrett, Washington, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Charles, Cecil, Caroline, Carroll, Dorchester, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Howard, Kent, Worcester, Wicomico, Harford, Calvert, and Frederick Counties, City of Salisbury, City of Annapolis and City of Frederick. Local governments in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, as well as Baltimore City, are eligible to apply for specified program areas.

Local governments in the 23 eligible jurisdictions apply for the funding to support emergency and transitional homeless shelters and homeless services programs operated by local government agencies or nonprofit organizations. Service providers prepare the applications, which must be submitted through the local government in the jurisdiction where the services are provided.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Emergency Solutions Grant funds are used primarily to support operating costs, case management and client services, and staffing and administrative costs for shelters and post-shelter transitional units. Funds may also be used for assisting sheltered persons make the transition to permanent housing and independent living.

APPLICATION

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development awards Emergency Solutions Grants funds annually under a competitive application process. The maximum request varies depending on the annual allocation received by the department.

Below is the Notice of Funding Availability for the Federal Fiscal Year 2017 / State Fiscal Year 2018 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.

Potential applicants should carefully read the Application Guidance first before downloading and completing the appropriate form(s). Please note that narrative sections of the application have a limit of 1,000 characters or less.

All applications for the Federal Fiscal Year 2017 / State Fiscal Year 2018 ESG funds are due by May 12, 2017, at 3 p.m.​​

Additional Funding Opportunity: BWI Outreach

The Department is requesting applications for targeted outreach to homeless populations located at the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport. Currently, a number of people are utilizing the airport as overnight shelter, posing unique challenges in engaging them and connecting them with needed services. Please see the below Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

Applicants must be either a unit of local government or a nonprofit entity.

All applications must be submitted by Friday, March 2nd, 2018, at 3:00 PM.​ Applications should be submitted electronically to stephen.holt@maryland.gov​

Targeted Outreach Application

MORE INFORMATION

CONTACT: Steve Holt, ESG Project Manager
7800 Harkins Road
Lanham, Maryland 20706
E: stephen.holt@maryland.gov
P: (301) 429-7548​​​​​​​​​​​​