2023 Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) Homelessness Prevention (HP) NOFA

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The ESG program provides grant funding to (1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street, (2) rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, (3) help operate and provide essential services in emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families, and (4) prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless.


This 2023 ESG Homelessness Prevention (HP) NOFA will provide funding to providers to help prevent individuals or families from moving into an emergency shelter or living in a public or private place not meant for human habitation.

The funds will be distributed to units of general-purpose local government or state and federally recognized non-profit organizations that have the capacity to administer this funding. Applicants must have HCD approved HP policies and procedures. The NOFA outlines the application requirements and timelines for applicants applying for the funding.

The only eligible activity under this NOFA is Homelessness Prevention.
Refer to the ESG Code of Federal Regulations: (24 CFR 576.103): ESG funds may be used to provide housing relocation and stabilization services and short- and/or medium-term rental assistance necessary to prevent an individual or family from moving into an emergency shelter or another place described in paragraph (1) of the “homeless”definition in §576.2.

This assistance, referred to as homelessness prevention, may be provided to individuals and families who meet the criteria under the “at risk of homelessness” definition, or who meet the criteria in paragraph (2), (3), or (4) of the “homeless” definition in 24 C.F.R. 576.2 (see below) and have an annual income below 30 percent of median family income for the area, as determined by HUD. The costs of homelessness prevention are only eligible to the extent that the assistance is necessary to help the program participant regain stability in the program participant's current permanent housing or move into other permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing. Homelessness prevention must be provided in accordance with the housing relocation and stabilization services requirements in 24 CFR § 576.105, the short-term and medium-term rental assistance requirements in 24 CFR § 576.106, and the written standards and procedures established under 24 CFR § 576.400.


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

Eligible Geographies:

ESG funds eligible units of local governments and non-profit organizations, primarily in non-entitlement areas in California.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Until 9/7/2024

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
50 – 60
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Assistance Type and Terms:

HCD distributes federal Emergency Solutions Grant funds to eligible subrecipients with one- or two-year grants.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Kelly Underwood, 1-916-398-6773, HOMEARP-NOFA@hcd.ca.gov