Emergency Solutions Grant
A 33-year-old single father and his three school-aged sons lived out of their car, parking nightly on the side of county roads. When he reached out to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, he was not working and receiving no benefits. A case manager enrolled him into the ESG-RR program, and working together they created a housing stability plan. He 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 a temp agency, receiving SNAP benefits, and enrolling the boys in school. Within two months of beginning services, the single dad accepted a position as assistant manager in training at a local fast food establishment, quickly working his way up to general manager. Each step along this journey happened because of his own determination, and the rental assistance provided to him through ESG-RR funds. Safe, affordable housing allowed this dad and his sons 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.
Learn more about the ESG program.
ESG is designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness 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.
Homeless individuals or families include:
- Those who lack a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence
- Those who will lose their primary nighttime residence within 14 days
- Unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or families with children and youth who have not had permanent housing in the past 60 days
- Those fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence
ESG is federally funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Additional local funding is provided as matching funds by the cities, counties and non – profit agencies.
How To Apply
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) services are accessed through homeless service organizations in participating cities and counties.