MDHA’s Community Development Department administers the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) on behalf of Metro Nashville and serves as the lead agency and collaborative applicant for the Nashville-Davidson Continuum of Care (CoC). It does not provide direct services.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act programs are administered by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds are awarded annually and require the development of a “Continuum of Care” (CoC) system in each community where assistance is being sought. CoCs address the critical problem of homelessness through a coordinated community-based process of identifying needs and building a system to meet those needs. The approach is predicated on the understanding that homelessness is not caused merely by a lack of shelter, but involves a variety of underlying, unmet needs – physical, economic, and social. Funds are granted based on an annual competition following a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) by HUD.
Annually, MDHA leads the local CoC through this extremely competitive CoC funding cycle. Local jurisdictions, housing authorities, and nonprofits (secular and faith-based) can apply for funding in support of transitional and permanent housing for “homeless” persons as defined by HUD.
MDHA’s Homeless Coordinator convenes a series of monthly meetings with service providers, representatives from the faith community and government agencies to identify gaps in the service system and to develop proposals to address the needs. These efforts result in renewal awards of more than $3 million to support homeless programs in Nashville.
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Title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (1987) authorized the Emergency Shelter Grant Program. The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, including major revisions to the Emergency Shelter Grants program, which was renamed the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. The ESG program is designed to identify sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons, as well as those at risk of homelessness, and provide the services necessary to help those persons quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.
Funding is allocated to Nashville on annually and awarded to nonprofit agencies on a competitive basis.