NOTICE OF SOLICITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT (ESG) SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF DETROIT 2011-2012 ACTION PLAN
The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), enacted into law on May 20, 2009, consolidates three of the separate homeless assistance programs administered by HUD under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act into a single grant program, and revises the Emergency Shelter Grants program and renames it as the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. The HEARTH Act also codifies into law the Continuum of Care planning process, a longstanding part of HUD’s application process to assist homeless persons by providing greater coordination in responding to their needs. HUD published the interim rule for the amended Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program along with the corresponding amendments to the Consolidated Plan regulations in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011 and became effective on January 4, 2012. This interim rule revises the regulations for the Emergency Shelter Grants program by establishing the regulations for the Emergency Solutions Grants program, which replaces the Emergency Shelter Grants program. The change in the program’s name, from Emergency Shelter Grants to Emergency Solutions Grants, reflects the change in the program’s focus from addressing the needs of homeless people in emergency or transitional shelters to assisting people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.
The City of Detroit received its final Emergency Shelter Grant allocation of $1,626,338 in 2011. On January 4, 2012 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provided a second allocation of $914,815 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Funds to the City of Detroit as a Substantial Amendment to its 2011 Annual Action Plan. The Planning and Development Department has posted a draft of the Substantial Amendment on the Department website at: Download a Draft of the Substantial Amendment