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HUD Public Housing Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Grant (ESSG) Application Process for FY24 Webinar

This webinar provides guidance on submitting applications for the ESSG program by the deadline of March 27, 2024.
View YouTube Video [February 1, 2024] >>
ESSG Webinar Part 2 (YouTube Video) [March 6, 2024] >> 
View Presentation Slides (February 2024) >>
FAQs for FY2024 ESSG Application Process (Updated March 13, 2024) >>

Each year Congress sets aside funds within the Capital Fund appropriation to create a reserve for emergencies and natural disasters. Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) that confront an emergency situation or a natural disaster are eligible to apply for and receive funds from the reserve provided that they comply with certain requirements (example: funds provided because of a disaster are only available to the extent that needed repairs are in excess of reimbursement from insurance and other sources, such as other state and local funds). All final applications for emergency or natural disaster funding from the reserve require an independent cost estimate.

Emergency /Natural Disaster

Applications funded on a first come-first served basis until funds are exhausted.

Emergency definition - unforeseen or unpreventable event or occurrence that poses an immediate threat to the health and safety of the residents (including fire safety) that must be corrected within one year of funding.

Examples of Emergencies are elevator failures, boiler failure, water intrusion causing mold growth, sewer line failure, and severe electrical problems.

Non-Presidentially declared Natural Disaster definition - an extraordinary event, such as an earthquake, flood, or hurricane, affecting a Public Housing Property owned and managed by a PHA, but excluding areas covered by a Presidentially-Declared emergencies and major disasters under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as those areas are eligible for funding from the Federal Management Agency (FEMA).

Examples of non-Presidentially declared Natural Disasters are strong, localized supercell thunderstorms including hail, localized tornadoes, or localized flooding. Insurance coverage, which is required by the ACC, should be a PHA’s primary source of funding for repair or replacement costs associated with Emergencies and Non-Presidentially Declared Natural Disasters prior to applying for a grant.

PHAs with large Operating Fund  Reserves or Capital Fund unobligated balances, may be required to use those funds prior to receiving an Emergency or Non-Presidentially Declared Natural Disaster grant.

Application submission – submit application to the PHAs HUD field office for review and concurrence prior to the Field Office submitting the application to HUD Headquarters for underwriting.

Additional guidance can be found in Chapter 8 of the Capital Fund Guidebook which can be found on our HUD website at: https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/CapitalFundGuidebookFinal.pdf

If you have questions regarding an Application for funds for capital needs arising an Emergency and Non-Presidentially Declared Disaster, please send an email to PIHOCI@hud.gov

Emergencies and Non-Presidentially Declared Disasters - Submission Checklist

Current Year

$20 Million in FFY 2023 Emergencies and Non-Presidentially Declared Disaster Funding Available: In FFY 2023, HUD has $20 million available to fund grants for capital needs arising from Emergency and Non-Presidentially Declared Disasters occurring between October 1, 2022– September 30, 2023 and is accepting applications for grants.​

Previous Years
  • $20 Million in FFY 2022 Emergencies and Non-Presidentially Declared Disaster Funding Available: In FFY 2022, HUD has $20 million available to fund grants for capital needs arising from Emergency and Non-Presidentially Declared Disasters occurring between October 1, 2021– September 30, 2022 and is accepting applications for grants.​
  • $20 Million in FFY 2021 Emergencies and Non-Presidentially Declared Disaster Funding Available: In FFY 2021, HUD has $20 million available to fund grants for capital needs arising from Emergency and Non-Presidentially Declared Disasters occurring between October 1, 2020– September 30, 2021 and is accepting applications for grants.​
  • Guidance on submitting "preliminary" natural disaster applications (September 9, 2004 letter)
Emergency Safety and Security

A “safety and security emergency” is defined as an emergency that may arise from: 1) an immediate need for funding by the PHA to implement safety and security measures necessary to address crime and drug-related activity; or 2) a safety emergency which requires the purchase, repair, replacement, or installation of carbon monoxide alarms/detectors, and or smoke/heat alarms/detectors. The safety and security emergency must occur within the Federal Fiscal Year (October 1 —September 30) in which the funds were appropriated.

Current Year
Previous Years

 

 

HUDPIH-516391410-394(395) Last Updated 3/13/2024

 

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