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What is this Program?

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program is authorized by subtitle B of title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 113711378). The program makes grants for rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelter for the homeless, for the payment of certain expenses related to operating emergency shelters, for essential services related to emergency shelters, street outreach for the homeless, homeless prevention, and rapid re-housing assistance.

Funding Cycle

The following is a general timeline that the City of Bridgeport follows to access and disburse HUD funds:

1. December NOFA released by HUD.
2. January Applications open for subrecipients through online portal ZoomGrants.

3. January

Technical Assistance Workshops for subrecipients.
4. February Applications due.
5. March Public Hearings: Citizen’s Union, City Council.
6. April City Council Approval.
7. May Annual Action Plan submittal to HUD, identifying subrecipient allocations.
8. June HUD approval of Annual Action Plan.
9. July-September City and Subrecipient Contracts executed.
10. August-June Subrecipient reimbursements processed to distribute funds.


Application period closed until January 2024

Application Checklist

The following information is necessary for successful completion of the application:

  • Audit
  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)
  • IRS 990
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Financial Policies and Procedures
  • Scope of Services
  • Budget
  • Board Minutes: last three
  • Optional: Add Letters of Support
  • Certificate of Insurance

Additional Resources

If you would like to apply for this program or have any questions please contact:

Milta Feliciano, Program Manager