Emergency Solutions Grant

Emergency Solutions Grant Supplemental COVID-19 (ESG-CV)- Funding Availability


In order to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) is providing a supplemental allocation of ESG funds as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.  These special ESG-CV funds are to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance. The funds will also support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. This initial allocation nationally, totaling $1 billion, was based on HUD’s FY 2020 formula allocation.

The initial allocation to the NC-501 Asheville-Buncombe Continuum of Care is $430,000. There will be a second additional allocation of approximately $800,000 later this year.

Asheville’s ESG allocation comes from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). NCDHHS requires that communities use these funds strategically by helping as many people as possible exit homelessness into permanent housing in an efficient and strategic way. Getting people off the streets and out of shelters is critical to helping reduce the spread of COVID-19 among those we know are already at great risk.


NCDHHS has identified the Back@Home model as its recommended mechanism for delivery of ESG-CV funds.  Back@Home, a best-practices statewide Rapid Rehousing (RRH) model has now been ramped up in North Carolina. The model is aimed to support agencies that have both significant experience and expertise in Housing Stability activities and those that have limited experience and require additional support – and all agencies in between. To do this, the Back@Home model offers: (1) Capacity & Support; (2) Efficiencies through Shared Infrastructure; (3) Additional Access; and (4) Data Systems to Show Collective Impact and Progress Toward Shared Goals.

While the state is prioritizing Housing Stability activities with ESG-CV funds through Back@Home, up to 40% of those funds are eligible for Crisis Response activities (shelter, outreach). Any agency wishing to apply for Crisis Response funding must submit a Letter of Intent.  ESG-CV funds are intended to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19, so Crisis Response activities must be related to those goals.

If we receive Letters of Intent for Crisis Response, the full application for those activities will be due Friday, July 10, 2020.  The Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee’s Finance workgroup will review those applications and make funding recommendations to be ratified by the full HIAC, per customary practice, at its scheduled July 28, which will be held virtually. meeting.

Application Process

Agencies wishing to apply for Housing Stability funds (homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing) are requested to submit a Letter of Intent to inform the Finance Committee of the full range of project possibilities with ESG-CV funds.  Applications for Housing Stability activities will be reviewed and funding decisions will be made directly by NCDHHS.

Letters of Intent must be submitted to Emily Ball, Homeless Services System Performance Lead, City of Asheville, by 5:00 p.m. on June 30, and must include:

  • A brief description of the ESG-eligible activity your proposal will provide;
  • How many will be served;
  • Your agency’s experience and capacity to deliver this service;
  • How this activity specifically responds to the COVID-19 pandemic (for example, are you adding capacity or targeting specific populations not ordinarily served by your agency?)

Letters of Intent are not a substitute for completed ESG-CV applications nor are they a guarantee of funding.

If applicable, full Crisis Response project applications will be due for local review no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020.

The HIAC finance workgroup will review applications on Monday, July 13, 2020

Final applications for Crisis Response and Housing Stability are due to the NCDHHS office by 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2020.

Full information about this funding opportunity, including the application instructions and forms, is available here.

The Emergency Solutions Grant COVID-19 Project Application Scorecard is available here.

All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the RFA Webinar being offered by the NC ESG Office to review and discuss the ESG-CV Round 1 Funds. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the NC ESG Office for those who are unable to attend. The webinar will be broadcast on Thursday, June 25, 2020, from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. You must register in advance: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/329923165269511184


Please contact Brian Huskey (828) 793-0247 or Emily Ball (828) 747-8510 with any questions.

2019-20 Emergency Solutions Grant Funding Notice for the Asheville-Buncombe Continuum of Care


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