Emergency Solutions Grant – CARES Act (ESG-CV)

2020 Emergency Solutions Grant CV – Round 1 Award Recipients
2020 Emergency Solutions Grant CV – Round 2 Award Recipients
2020 Emergency Solutions Grant CV – Round 2 Award Recipients July 2021
2020 Emergency Solutions Grant CV – Code Blue Award Recipients


Emergency Solutions Grant – CARES (ESG-CV) – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) provided for a supplemental appropriation of Homeless Assistance Grants under the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) as authorized by McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (P.L. 100-77), as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-22) (42 U.S.C.S.§11371 et. seq.).

The CARES Act provides for two allocations of homeless assistance funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), has received the second allocation of ESG-CV funds – an appropriation of $19,930,907 based on a new HUD formula accounting for variables that quantify the population currently experiencing and at risk of homelessness such as total homeless population, unsheltered homeless population, total very low income (VLI) renters, VLI renters that are overcrowded or without a kitchen or plumbing.

DCED allocated $2,997,961 of the second round of ESG CV funds to a Code Blue program to provide winter sheltering during the 2020-2021 season. The remaining $16,932,946 will be available for this application.

DCED will use the ESG CARES funding to support applicants who will work to end or prevent homelessness quickly and as efficiently as possible for all vulnerable populations.


Eligible activities include activities listed in the Emergency Solutions Grant Interim Rule, published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011 and the Notice CPD 20-08 released September 1, 2020. ESG-CV funds may be used for any single activity or combination of eligible activities as outlined below and address the priorities and any published supplemental requirements of the CARES Act in order to prepare for, prevent the spread of and respond to the coronavirus.

  • Emergency Shelter
  • Temporary Emergency Shelter
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Landlord Incentives
  • Street Outreach
  • Hazard Pay
  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  • Administration


DCED will accept applications from any general-purpose unit of local government, including cities, boroughs, and townships, towns, counties, home rule municipalities, and communities that desire to apply “on behalf of” other municipalities. Local governments may apply “on behalf of” nonprofit organizations. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply only for a regional project as long as it demonstrates a regional need and serving multiple counties. (DCED defines “regional” as more than one county.)


$25,000 minimum and no maximum.

NO match is required for funds awarded under the ESG-CV.

Additional Information

ESG CV 1: Allowable Activities
ESG CV2 Application PowerPoint

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