Emergency Solutions Grants Program

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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.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

Contract and Expenditure Timelines

2020 ESG- CV1

2020 ESG- CV2

2021 ESG Program

Contract Start Date

December 1, 2020

March 1, 2021

September 8, 2021

Start to Incur Costs

July 1, 2020

October 1, 2020

September 8, 2021*

Spend Down Required 50% of Award

August 31, 2021

October 31, 2021


Spend Down Required 75% of Award

December 31, 2021

April 29, 2022


Spend Down Required 85% of Award

June 30, 2022

October 31, 2022


Spend Down Required 95% of AwardDecember 31, 2022April 29, 2023N/A
Spend Down Required 100% of AwardJune 30, 2023June 30, 2023September 7, 2022

Last Day to Submit Draw Requests for All Activities

August 14, 2023

August 14, 2023

August 23, 2022

Contract End Date

September 30, 2023

September 30, 2023

September 7, 2022

**Please follow THDA spend down Guidance for CV-1 and CV-2 funds. This will allow THDA to meet HUD CV spend down requirements**

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2022 ESG Program Information

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    For questions or guidance on the administration of the ESG Program, please email us.

    Recent THDA ESG Workshops

    2021 ESG Program Information

    2020 ESG CV2 Program Information


    Access the Library of Forms needed to administer the ESG Program

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