The Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) Program assists people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. The annual competition for State ESG funds is facilitated by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), however, units of local government (cities, counties, and territories) may apply to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) independently if they choose. Within the TX BoC CoC, the following ESG Recipients include not only TDHCA the State Recipient, but The City of Brownsville, Brazoria County, The City of Corpus Christi, Hidalgo County, The City of Laredo and The City of Lubbock. Recipients sub grant their ESG funds to provide: Emergency Shelter, Street Outreach, Rapid Re-housing, and Homelessness Prevention activities in their communities.

Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care Emergency Solutions Grant Overview

Once you have an executed contract with TDHCA for ESG, you can begin the onboarding process with THN. To begin this process, send an email to to inform us that you have an executed contract and are ready to begin THN’s onboarding process.  We will walk you through the process. For reference and later access, here are some documents and a video that we will use in the process.

The 2020 ESG Annual Allocation for State Emergency Solutions Grant Funding through Texas Department of Housing and Communities Affairs (TDHCA) Application can be found by clicking here under 2020 ESG Annual Application Materials. This is a separate funding opportunity than ESG CV Funding. See the chart below. 

ESG Funding Chart

The Funding Opportunity:

The 2020 ESG annual allocation Notice of Funding Availability through TDHCA can be found posted online at:

The NOFA has details on eligible activities, funding amounts, and deadlines. The funding amount for the TX BoS CoC is: $3,643,643. Applicants should determine in which CoC region they belong so they will know how much is available within their region and whom to contact to apply for funding. (Click to View CoC Map Here). The minimum amount requested under each ESG Application, including all Program Participant Services, funds for HMIS, and Administrative funds, must be at least $50,000, and not more than $300,000 for all Program Participant services proposed in the Application.  Eligible Applicants are Units of Local Government as defined by HUD in CPD Notice 17- 10 or Private Nonprofit Organizations. Public Housing Authorities and Local Redevelopment Agencies are not federally eligible Applicants.

The Application Submission Procedures Manual which TDHCA released includes the following dates: 

  • Applications will be accepted beginning on June 12, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Austin local time.
  • Applications will be accepted by the Department on an on-going basis ending June 26, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Austin local time.

What is THN’s Role:

Applicants will need the following documents filled out by THN’s ESG & SSVF Programs Coordinator, Mollie Lund. The forms include:

Mollie will begin signing the Continuum of Care Consultation and Continuum of Care Recommendation documents the week of June 15, 2020. THN will release the CoC Recommendation for 3, 7 or 10 points and what the CoC Priorities are for saying “yes or no” for the CoC Consultation document. All applicants will have both the recommendation and consultation form completed by THN by the deadline of June 26 as long as applicants send the appropriate documents (Consultation and Recommendation with their agencies name) to THN (  by the deadline.

If you have any questions about THN’s role in the ESG Annual Allocation please contact Mollie Lund at – if you have any questions specifically about the ESG Annual Allocation through TDHCA reach out to:

The ESG CV Round 1 application is now closed: 
The recommendation includes the following agencies: 

7-1-2020 Round 1 ESG-CV Allocation Recommendation

This is a recommendation to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and is conditional. Applications will be presented to the TDHCA Governing Board, pending the completion of the previous participation and recommendation of the TDHCA Executive Award Review Advisory Committee. TDHCA makes the final decision regarding awards.

Closed: ESG CV Request for Applications Documents: 
Closed: Required Documents to upload within the ESG Cares Act Application in Apply for all applicants
Closed: Required Documents to upload with application in Apply if applicable
  • Local Government Approval for Emergency Shelter Component Only
  • Attachment D Audit-Certification for New Applicants Only
  • 501(c) 3 Documentation if agency is a private nonprofit
  • Environmental clearance for units of local government
  • Evidence of Partnership with an affordable housing provider
    • To receive Bonus Points (Section XII, B) for targeting homelessness prevention to households in Rapid Re-Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, or affordable housing projects, the Applicant must submit evidence of a partnership with an affordable housing provider.
      • If Applicants are partnering with another provider, they must provide an executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated between Monday, May 18, 2020 and Friday, June 5, 2020. The MOU must also outline the relationship between the two agencies.
      • If Applicants are applying for homelessness prevention dollars to support clients in their Rapid Re-Housing and/or Permanent Supportive Housing projects, they must submit a letter on Agency letterhead dated between Monday, May 18, 2020 and Friday, June 5, 2020 signed by a Member of the Agency’s Board.
  • MOU with Public Health Department
    • To receive Bonus Points (Section XII, B) for partnering with the local Public Health Department, the Applicant must provide an executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated between Monday, May 18, 2020 and Friday, June 5, 2020. The MOU must outline the relationship between the two agencies.
ESG CV Q&A Webinar May 19, 2020 
ESG-CV Funding Recommended Readings

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