Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

This program serves the Alaska 501 Continuum of Care program which includes all of Alaska outside the Anchorage municipal area. ESG is focused on addressing the needs of homeless people in emergency or transitional shelters to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.

Grant Funding Availability

The ESG program provides funding to (1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street; (2) improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; (3) help operate these shelters; (4) provide essential services to shelter residents; (5) rapidly rehouse homeless individuals and families; and (6) prevent families/individuals from becoming homeless.

ESG is a formula grant program and eligible recipients generally consist of metropolitan cities, urban counties, territories, and states, as defined in 24 CFR 576.2. The ESG funding formula is based on geographic size, population, and poverty rates. All recipients must consult with the Continuum(s) of Care operating in the jurisdiction to determine how to subgrant ESG funds.

Who May Apply

  • Units of local government (except the Municipality of Anchorage)
  • 501(c)(3) organizations (operating outside of the Municipality of Anchorage)

Reference Materials


Sample Forms

Contact Information

Jennifer Smerud
Planner I
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
PO Box 101020
Anchorage, AK 99510
800-478-2432 (outside of Anchorage)
907-338-2585 (fax)