The Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) program is designed to be the, first step in a continuum of assistance to prevent homelessness and enable homeless individuals and families to move towards independent living.
ESG is a homeless assistance program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs. In Harford County, ESG funds are used to help fund programs already in existence, working with homeless persons, and those at-risk of homelessness.
The objectives of the ESG program are:
1. To increase the number and quality of emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities for homeless individuals and families,
2. To operate these facilities and provide essential social services, to help prevent homelessness.