ESG Program Requirements Summary

New rules define systems coordination

Understanding the New ESGThe new Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) regulations released by HUD on November 15, 2011, defined the systems coordination requirements that are new and expanded program responsibilities.

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Among the area-wide systems coordination requirements are:

The recipient must:

  • Consult with each CoC serving the region to determine ESG allocations each year;
  • Develop performance standards for, and evaluating the outcomes of, projects and activities funded by ESG; and
  • Develop funding, policies, and procedures for administering and operating the Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS.)

Recipients and subrecipients must coordinate and integrate ESG-funded activities with other programs targeted to homeless people in the CoC’s area/area over which the services are coordinated to provide a strategic, community-wide system to prevent and end homelessness.

In addition, recipient/subrecipients must also coordinate and integrate ESG funded activities with mainstream housing and services that homeless families and individuals and those at risk of homelessness might be eligible for.

Centralized or coordinated assessment – Once the CoC develops a centralized assessment system or coordinated assessment system in accordance with HUD requirements, each ESG funded program or project must use that system. The recipient/subrecipient must work with the CoC to ensure screening, assessment and referral of program participants are consistent with this section’s standards. The exception is that a victim service provider may choose not to use the CoC’s system.

Written standards for providing ESG assistance – If the recipient is a metropolitan city or urban county, there must be consistently applied written standards for providing ESG assistance. The recipient must describe these standards in its consolidated plan.

Participation in HMIS – All data on people served and assistance provided under ESG must be entered into the HMIS system or comparable database that meets HUD’s standards. A comparable system may be used by a victim service or legal services provider to enter client-level data (and this data is not entered into HMIS.)

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