If you are an individual or family in need of homelessness assistance:
You must apply for ESG assistance through the Continuum of Care agency in your county. Click on the button below for contact information. Also, United Way has a hotline you can call to find information on additional resources that may be available. Please see the United Way 211 website, or simply dial 211 from your phone.
About the ESG Program
THDA administers the federally-funded Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program for the state of Tennessee in 92 of the state's 95 counties in order to fund the provision of services necessary to help persons who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness to quickly regain stability in permanent housing. ESG grants are awarded to eligible non-profits and local governments to fund the following activities:
- Street Outreach: Provision of essential services to eligible participants on the street or in parks, abandoned buildings, bus stations, campgrounds, and in other such settings where unsheltered persons are staying.
- Emergency Shelter: Provision of essential services to homeless families and individuals in emergency shelters and the operation of emergency shelters.
- Rapid Re-Housing: Provision of assistance to a homeless individual or family to move into permanent housing.
- Homelessness Prevention: Prevention of persons from becoming homeless and the assistance of participants in regaining stability in their current or other permanent housing.
- Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS): Operation, maintenance, and contribution of data to the HMIS designated by the local Continuum of Care or, if a victim service provider, to establish and operate a comparable database.