The Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG) is authorized by the Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act). The grant is available to units of general local government or private nonprofit organizations. The ESG is designed to help improve the quality of existing emergency shelters for the homeless, to make available additional emergency shelters, to help meet the costs of operating emergency shelters and to provide certain essential social services to homeless individuals, so that these persons have access not only to safe and sanitary shelter . The program is also intended to reduce the increase of homelessness through the funding of preventative programs and rapid rehousing activities.


Eligible Applicants
For the State of Delaware ESG, eligible applicants are: 1) Units of general local government located in Kent and Sussex Counties and 2) Private nonprofit organizations located in Kent and Sussex Counties.


Funding Available for FY2020 Allocation


Agencies Awarded Funds in FY2019
Agencies awarded

Agencies Awarded Funds in FY2020
Agencies awarded


ESG-CV Funding

The CARES Act made available an additional $4 billion in supplemental funding to the ESG (ESG-CV) Program for eligible activities in response to the coronavirus outbreak. HUD encourages approaches that prioritize the unique needs for persons experiencing homelessness. The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA), has two allocations of ESG-CV funds – an appropriation of $807,114 and a second allocation of $1,527,664 based on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) federal fiscal year 2020 formula distribution. DSHA's priority for the use of these ESG-CV funds will be to assist homeless providers and communities to prepare for, prevent the spread of, and respond to the coronavirus. DSHA will use the ESG-CV CARES funding to support applicants who will work to end or prevent homelessness quickly and as efficiently as possible for all vulnerable populations..


DSHA Contact Person
Do you have questions about this program? Would you like to suggest an improvement to this Web page? Please contact Alice Davis, Housing Project/Loan Specialist, at 302.739.4263.