The Community Development Department has been very successful in applying for Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds through the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) and has received funding every year since 1987. This program allows local governments and non-profit agencies to plan a strategy to deal with homelessness issues by identifying gaps in services and coordinating new and expanded programs. ESG funds are to be used for services to homeless and near homeless individuals and families in these major categories:
- Renovation, major rehabilitation, or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelter facilities
- Payment of certain expenses related to operating emergency shelter facilities
- Provision of essential services related to emergency shelters and street outreach for the homeless
- Provision of rapid re-housing assistance
- Development and implementation of homelessness prevention activities
- Payment of costs related to tracking beneficiaries
Emergency Solutions Grant funds must be matched on a dollar for dollar basis; however, this match may be provided from the recipient non-profit organizations through commitment of local matching dollars, which may include administrative time, staffing, program support, donated time, and donated materials. The ESG program year extends from July 1st through June 30th.
2020 ESG Program Year The City of Manhattan applies for ESG pass-through funding each year on behalf of the Crisis Center Inc. and the Manhattan Emergency Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the 2020 program year the KHRC is awarding 200% of last year’s allocation through ESC-CV CARES ACT funds. Manhattan’s allocation will be $354,112.50 distributed to the following activities as identified by the agencies:
ESG-CV supported program activities that are identified by the Crisis Center and MESI to be accomplished in the 2020 program year are as follows, and also broadly address preparation, prevention and recovery activities due to the pandemic:
Emergency Shelter: Increase the quantity and quality of temporary shelter provided to homeless individuals and families by paying for operating and essential services.
Rapid Re-Housing: Quickly move homeless individuals and families into permanent housing through rental assistance, and housing relocation and stabilization services (i.e. financial assistance and services costs).
Homeless Management Information System (HMIS): Support ESG subrecipient’s participation in the HMIS collection and data analysis of households that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. KHRC requires the Subrecipient agencies to utilize this system.
Administration: Support for the activities and supplies necessary to successfully administer the ESG program.
For more information on the Emergency Solutions Grant program as administered by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, visit the KHRC website
For more information on the Crisis Center Inc. visit the Crisis Center website.
For more information on the Manhattan Emergency Shelter visit the MESI website.