The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, with major revisions to what is now titled the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. The Emergency Solutions Grant assists homeless households and households at risk of homelessness by supporting the services necessary to help them quickly regain stable housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.
Any person or family in need of emergency shelter is potentially eligible for ESG funded services. Federal program regulations require that ESG funding be used to serve persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. According to ESG program regulations, homeless means:
- An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence
- Individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence
- Unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or families with children who do not otherwise qualify as homeless
- Any individual or family who:
- Is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence
- Has no other residence
- Lacks the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing
Currently, ESG provides services under the following components:
· Shelter Support
· Rapid Re-housing
· Homelessness Prevention
· Street Outreach
If you or someone you know is facing a housing crisis, these programs may be able to help. You can access a list of resources by contacting PoconoInfo at 211 or 570-517-3954.