The City of New York has substantially amended its 2011 Consolidated Plan. The document now includes an addendum: Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funded activities. The addendum serves as the City’s official 2011 application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development for ESG funds.
The Emergency Solutions Grant is the result of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), enacted into law on May 20, 2009. The HEARTH Act consolidated three of the separate homeless assistance programs administered by HUD under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act into a single grant program, and revises the Emergency Shelter Grants program and renames it as the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. The HEARTH Act also codifies into law the Continuum of Care planning process, a longstanding part of HUD’s application process to assist homeless persons by providing greater coordination in responding to their needs.
On November 15, 2011, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development released an interim rule which revises the regulations for the Emergency Shelter Grants program by establishing the regulations for the Emergency Solutions Grants program. The change in the program’s name, from Emergency Shelter Grants to Emergency Solutions Grants, reflects the change in the program’s focus from addressing the needs of homeless people in emergency or transitional shelters to assisting people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.
Additional funding has been allocated in FY2011 in conjunction with the interim Emergency Solutions Grant rule. The City of New York is expected to receive $4,448,535 in additional ESG funds.
The City of New York Department of Homeless Services is the administering agency for the ESG funds.
The Emergency Solutions Grant is a HUD formula entitlement program. It is therefore bound to HUD’s Consolidated Plan regulations. Under existing Consolidated Plan citizen participation regulations, substantial amendments to an approved Plan are required to undergo a 30-day comment period prior to its submission to HUD.
The public comment period began Monday, April 9 and ended Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
All comments received at the end of the comment period (close of business) were to be summarized and the City’s responses incorporated into the 2011 Consolidated Plan amendment addendum for submission to HUD. However, no public comments were received.
According to the interim rule, localities were required to submit their amendments to HUD no later than May 15, 2012 in order to be eligible to receive their respective allocation. The City of New York submitted its ESG amendment and additional federally-required materials on May 15, 2012.
Amended 2011 Consolidated Plan Addendum - Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) (Submission Version) (1.1 mb)
Questions or comments regarding the amended 2011 Consolidated Plan: Addendum – Emergency Solutions Grant may be directed to:
Director of Planning, Development and Grants
Prevention, Policy and Planning
NYC Department of Homeless Services
33 Beaver Street, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10004