EHH Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Assistance Program (HAP), and Homeless Prevention Program (HPP) are collectively referred to as the EHH Program. ​​

The Emergency Shelter Grant was created in 1991 under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney Vento Act, revising the Emergency Shelter Grant Program in significant ways and renaming it the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. It is federally administered by HUD. ESG can be used for rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, street outreach, Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), and administrative costs.

The Homeless Prevention Program is a state program authorized under Wisconsin Statutes § 16.303.  HPP can be used for rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention, and administrative costs.

​The Housing Assistance Program is a state program authorized under Wisconsin Statutes § 16.306. 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 amended the program and re-named it from the Transitional Housing Program.  Housing Assistance Program funds can be used for housing, support services and administrative costs to facilitate the movement of homeless individuals and families to independent living.

The Emergency Solutions Grant-Coronavirus (ESG-CV) was allocated by HUD to the State of Wisconsin as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136. These funds are to be used "to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance; and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.” ​​

Eligible Activit​ies​

Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid Re-Housing programs help homeless persons living on the streets or in an emergency shelter transition as quickly as possible into permanent housing. Once in permanent housing, Rapid Re-Housing programs provide services and short to medium term rental assistance to help such persons achieve housing.

Homelessness Prevention

Homeless Prevention programs help individuals and households who are at risk of homelessness retain housing. 

Street Outreach

Street Outreach programs focus on locating, identifying and building relationships with unsheltered homeless people for the purpose of providing immediate support, intervention, and connections with homeless assistance programs and/or mainstream social services and housing programs. 

Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelters provide temporary shelter and services designed to increase shelter clients’ stability.  Unless they have been grandfathered in, transitional housing programs are no longer eligible for funding.


HMIS funding is used to operate and contribute data to the Continuum of Care's HMIS or, for victim service providers, an HMIS comparable database.​​


Meetings and Updates​​​​



ESG/HPP Program Manual 2022

HAP Program Manual 2022

Application for Funding

Application and Instructions​​


​Client Fi​le For​ms​​

ESG Habitability Standards_Housing

HUD Form 5380_Notice of Occupancy Rights Under VAWA

HUD Form 5382_Certification of VAWA Incident

HUD Form 91067_VAWA Lease Addendum

Lead Based Paint Disclosure Form

Lead Safety Pamphlet_English

Lead Safety Pamphlet_Spanish

Progra​​​m Forms​​

EHH Lead Agency Quarterly Performance Report

EHH Financial Closeout Report

ESG-CV Financial Closeout Report

ESG Habitability Standards_Shelter

Reference​​ Documents/Links

Rental Assistance Checklist Flow Chart​​

ESG Overview

ESG Federal Regulation_24 CFR 576

CPD Income Eligibility Calculator

HUD Fair Market Rent

HUD Income Limits (for ESG limits, select "Tables for HUD 30% Income Limits")

Homeless Eligibility by Component

Homeless Definitions







ESG-CV Documents​

​HUD N​otice CPD-20-08 (issued 09/01/20)

HUD Notice CPD-21-05 (issued 04/14/21)

​HUD Notice CPD-21-08 (issued 07/19/21)

HUD Notice CPD-22-06 (issued 04/18/22)

HUD Summary of ESG Program Waivers and Alternate Requirements

​​Monitor​​​ing Documents


DEHCR Monitoring Questionnaire 2023​_EHH

DEHCR Monitoring Questionnaire 2023_HMIS

​EHH Client File Checklists

ESG Clie​nt File Checklist 2023_Emergency Shelter

ESG Client File Checklist 2023_Street Outreach

ESG/HPP Client File Checklist 2023_Rapid Re-Housing

ESG/HPP Client File Checklist 2023_Homelessness Prevention

HAP Client File Checklist 2023

Partner Agencies

Institute for Community Alliances (HMIS Lead Agency)

​Madison/Dane County Continuum of Care

Milwaukee City & County Continuum of Care

Racine City & County Continuum of Care​

Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care

Wisconsin Interagency Council on Homelessness

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

National Alliance to End Homelessness​

HUD Exchange​

Contact Information​

EHH Program Manager - Sarah Isaak​​


Department of Administration

Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources

P.O. Box 7970​

Madison, WI 53707-7970​