Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

About the Emergency Solutions Grant Program

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) - formerly called the Emergency Shelter Grant - is grant program awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, designed to assist households who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

Particular emphasis is placed on providing grants to our partners to help individuals or families connect with or remain in permanent housing after they experience a housing crisis or homelessness. Eligible activities include short-term homelessness prevention assistance to prevent households at imminent risk of losing their home and assistance to homeless households moving into permanent affordable housing. ESG funds may also be used to support shelter operating costs, essential services, and outreach activities.


Selection of Recipients

The selection of recipients of Emergency Solutions Grants occurs annually with the availability of applications typically beginning in November of each year. Funds can only be provided to organizations. Any organization interested in applying for funds may request an RFP. Organizations that receive an Emergency Solutions Grant must match grant funds dollar for dollar with their own locally generated amounts.

Annual Allocation

Approximately $175,000 is allocated annual to the City of Lowell from the federal government. The city cannot spend more than the following amounts on different components:

Administrative $13,125
Shelter and Outreach $105,000
HMIS. Prevention, Rapid Rehousing $56,875


2024-2025 RFP

Please note that the ESG RFP application cannot be completed in multiple sessions.  To avoid technical issues please complete in one sitting.

Our Community Development staff will host an online information session on Tuesday, November 28 , at 5:00PM via Zoom: https://lowellma.zoom.us/j/88353304416?pwd=d2hKRDM3QU9NVHFka1ZXVTlaT1ordz09

Important Note

On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes including changes to the ESG Program.

The Emergency Solutions Grant, as authorized under HEARTH, allows communities to set priorities on the use of funds based on the needs of the community. These standards serve to outline the specific guidelines and priorities that will be used by the City of Lowell's Department of Planning and Development in awarding and administering ESG funds. 

Balance of State Continuum of Care Communities 


Additional Information

If you have any questions or comments about the City of Lowell's ESG program, please contact the Community Development Department via 978-674-4252.

Important Documents

All Important Grantee documents will be listed on the grant compliance documents page