Emergency Solutions Grant
Adam Birch, a 33-year-old, single parent and his three school-aged sons lived out of their car, parking nightly on the side of county roads. When Adam reached out to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, he was not working or receiving any benefits. A case manager enrolled Adam into the ESG-RR program, and working together they created a housing stability plan. Adam met with his case manager bi-weekly as he diligently accomplished each of his goals outlined in the plan. Major accomplishments included signing a one-year lease on a three bedroom home, starting employment through Labor Max, receiving SNAP benefits, and enrolling the boys in school. Within two months of beginning services, Adam was offered and accepted a position as Restaurant Assistant Manager in Training for Taco Bell. Adam now serves as the General Manager of Taco Bell in Kansas City, Mo. Each step along this journey happened because of Adam’s own determination, and the rental assistance provided to him through ESG-RR funds. Safe, affordable housing allowed Adam and his sons to achieve the goals they set and reach their full potential.
The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), through a network of service providers, offers assistance to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Funding is provided to engage homeless individuals and families living on the street, improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families, help operate these shelters, provide essential services to shelter residents, rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.
ESG is designed to assist homeless individuals and families through a network of service providers across Kansas. Service providers apply through a sponsoring unit of general purpose local government and/ or private nonprofit organization.
How To Apply
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds allocated to the State of Kansas are made available to local government (city and county) and non – profit agencies through a competitive application process. ESG offers a competitive round of ESG funding annually, usually each March. The application and instructions are posted on the KHRC website. ESG services are accessed through homeless service organizations in ESG funded cities and counties. If you are a community member in need of emergency housing services, please contact a service partner for your area. See Additional Resources below.