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Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

About ESG

The Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) provides funding support for activities connected to the St. Louis County Continuum of Care strategy for the homeless:

  • Rehabilitation

  • Essential Services

  • Operational Costs

  • Homeless Prevention Activities

The St. Louis County Continuum of Care strategy includes the services and support networks designed to prevent homelessness and to assist persons experiencing homelessness.  Services in the strategy range from emergency shelter assistance to education and financial assistance with home ownership.

ESG funds are received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funding is distributed to local agencies through a competitive grant application process. This process is managed by the county’s Planning and Community Development Department. An Advisory Committee reviews the applications and formulates a funding recommendation to the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners.

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: Eligible applicants are nonprofit agencies within St. Louis County providing services outside the Duluth city limits. 

Focus Areas

  • Rehabilitation: Renovation, major rehabilitation, or conversion of buildings to be used as emergency shelters

  • Essential Services: Services concerned with employment, health, drug abuse, and education including: assistance in obtaining permanent housing; medical and psychological counseling and supervision; employment counseling; nutritional counseling; substance abuse treatment and counseling; and assistance with obtaining benefits and services from related sources of support

  • Operational Costs: Costs related to the provision of emergency and transitional housing such as facility maintenance, facility operation, insurance, utilities and furnishings

  • Homeless Prevention Activities: Efforts to prevent homelessness such as short-term rent and utility subsidies; security deposits or first month's rent; mediation programs for landlord-tenant disputes; legal services programs; payments to prevent foreclosure on a home; and other innovative programs and activities designed to prevent the incidence of homelessness

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