Social Programs

Emergency Solutions Grants Program

Program Description

The Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG) is a federal block grant authorized by subtitle B of the McKinney Vento Homelessness Assistance Act and is funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and is administered by SDHDA for the State of South Dakota. ESG funds provide for emergency shelter and homelessness prevention activities including short-term and medium-term rental assistance and services to stabilize and rapidly re-house individuals and households who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be non-profits or units of local government.  Governmental organizations such as public housing agencies and local housing finance agencies are not eligible applicants under the ESG program.  Applicants must be in compliance with ESG guidelines 24 CFR Part 576 and applicable state and federal policies and procedures, including compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws.

Eligible Activities

Grant amounts may be used for one or more of the following activities:

  • Street Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Rapid Re-Housing Assistance
  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  • Administrative Costs

Application Procedure

Applications are made available by SDHDA to units of general local government and to private non-profit organizations, and awarded on a statewide, competitive basis.  Grant allocations are made annually in the spring/summer.

Complete applications are due to the South Dakota Housing Development Authority by 5:00 p.m. Central Time, May 31, 2021. The application deadline is firm as to the date AND hour. SDHDA will accept applications submitted electronically. Applicants can choose to continue to submit a hard copy application or submit electronically utilizing the upload option linked below. Applicants cannot submit applications via facsimile.

Total funding available: $638,752.
60% of the total funding will be available for street outreach and shelter operation activities
40% of the total funding will be available for homeless prevention, rapid re-housing activities and HMIS activities.

ESG-CV Public Notice
ESG-CV CARES Act Information
ESG-CV Data Analysis Presentation

ESG Program Plan
ESG Application
Application Submission
ESG Guidelines 24 CFR Part 576
ESG Sub-Recipients
ESG PowerPoint
ESG CARES Act PowerPoint

Call or e-mail Denise Albertson, ESG and HMIS Administrator
Phone: (605)773-2598