What is ESG?
EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT PROGRAM
Who is “in charge of” or audits, compliancy, and program design of the ESG programs?
The chain begins at the funding provider- United States Department of Housing and Urban Development- HUD
The organization that monitors the funds, the grantees and outcomes- OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (ODOC)
All client data is entered into- HMIS-Service point as a reporting tool which is used to report to HUD.
All agencies that are awarded ESG funding must be members in good standing of the North Central Oklahoma Continuum of Care (NCOCoC)
All applicants must be an active member of a Continuum to apply for the ESG funds.
Northern Oklahoma Youth Services has been awarded the ESG funds for Kay County for 5 years. NOYS provides direct services to the community and conducts a coordinated needs assessment to determine if an individual is eligible for the ESG program or refers the applicant to the appropriate service provider.
Who is eligible for the ESG program?
An individual or family who:
(1.) Has an annual income below 30 percent of median family income for the area, as determined by HUD;
(2.) Does not have sufficient resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, immediately available to prevent them from moving to an emergency shelter or another place described in paragraph (1) of the “homeless” definition in this section; and
(3.) Meets one of the following conditions:
(a.) Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during the 60 days immediately preceding the application for homelessness prevention assistance;
(b.) Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship;
(c.) Has been notified in writing that their right to occupy their current housing or living situation will be terminated within 21 days after the date of application for assistance;
(d.) Lives in a hotel or motel and the cost of the hotel or motel stay is not paid by charitable organizations or by Federal, State, or local government programs for low-income individuals;
(e.) Lives in a single-room occupancy or efficiency apartment unit in which there reside more than two persons or lives in a larger housing unit in which there reside more than 1.5 persons reside per room, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau;
(f.) Is exiting a publicly funded institution, or system of care (such as a health-care facility, a mental health facility, foster care or other youth facility, or correction program or institution); or
(g.) Otherwise lives in housing that has characteristics associated with instability and an increased risk of homelessness, as identified in the recipient’s approved consolidated
(A.) An individual who: (1.) Is homeless and lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter; and
(2.) Has been homeless and living or residing in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, on in an emergency shelter continuously for at least one year or on at least four separate occasions in the last 3 years, where each homeless occasion was at least 15 days; and
(3.) Can be diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions: substance use disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability (as defined in section 102 of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance Bill of Rights Act of 2000 )42 U.S.C. 15002), post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive impairments resulting from brain injury, or chronic physical illness or disability;
(4.) An individual who has been residing in an institutional care facility, including a jail, substance abuse or mental health treatment facility, hospital, or other similar facility, for fewer than 90 days and met all of the criteria in item (1) before entering that facility; or
(5.) A family with an adult head of household (or if there is no adult in the family, a minor head of household) who meets all the criteria in item (1), including a family whose composition has fluctuated while the head of homeless has been homeless.
What is Jennifer Haney’s role with the ESG Program and the NCOCoC?
Our goal is to assist each and every client to transition into permanent housing, living self sufficiently; once the needed life-skills have been obtained to maintain employment or consistent income, budgeting the monthly expenses and developing a living plan that has been provided through our services.