The Louisiana Housing Corporation has released the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Funding Year 2018 (FY18).
ESG funds projects that serve people experiencing homelessness. ESG is an annual formula-based funding source distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to states and certain entitlement areas.
The application period began June 5, 2018; applications are due August 31, 2018.
What does ESG fund?
ESG funds the following project types:
- Street Outreach
- Homeless Prevention
- Emergency Shelter
- Rapid Re-housing
For more information about these project types and eligible costs, refer to 24 CFR Part 576 or https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/esg/.
How much funding is available?
Funding is allocated by formula to each Continuum of Care (CoC) in Louisiana, and to each Region of the LA BOSCOC. Each CoC and Region receives funding in proportion to the size of its homeless population. (Homeless population is reported during the January 2018 Point in Time Count.) All CoCs/Regions are eligible to apply for at least $50,000 regardless of their homeless population.
ESG funding by LA BOSCOC Region is as follows:
- Baton Rouge Region: $148,430
- Houma Region: $50,000
- Lake Charles Region: $67,697
- Natchitoches/Sabine Region: $50,000
- Plaquemines/St. Bernard Region: $50,000
In addition, the Louisiana Housing Corporation is offering a $300,000 grant to fund one Homeless Prevention project dedicated to reducing the number of people who exit Department of Corrections custody into homelessness. For more information, see page 20 of the ESG FY18 NOFA.
Who can apply?
Each Region will submit one Regional Application through its Regional Applicant. Regional Applicants will consist of one or more project applications that fund one or more organizations.
Regional Applicants were elected by member organizations in attendance at the June 2018 LA BOSCOC General Meeting. They are as follows:
- Baton Rouge Region: St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge (contact: SVDP BR)
- Houma Region: Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government (contact: Kelli Cunningham)
- Lake Charles Region: Calcasieu Parish Police Jury (contact: Tarek Polite)
- Natchitoches/Sabine: Project Celebration (contact: Mitzi Harris)
- Plaquemines/St. Bernard: St. Bernard Battered Women's Place (contact: Gail Gowland)
Both private non-profit organizations and units of local government, including cities and parish governments, are eligible to apply. Please contact your Regional Applicant if you would like to receive funding through the ESG FY18 NOFA.
Every agency that wishes to receive ESG -- either as a regional applicant or sub-recipient -- is required to attend the following information session:
ESG Mandatory Information Session
June 27, 2018
9:30 AM to Noon
Louisiana Housing Corporation
2415 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
If you plan to attend the information session, please send your RSVP to Aimee LeBlanc at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email your questions about the ESG FY18 NOFA to Winona Connor, ESG Program Manager at the Louisiana Housing Corporation, at email@example.com.