Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program is designed to end homelessness. The City of Little Rock ESG funds are designed to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and helping those experiencing homelessness move toward safe and stable housing as soon as possible. Towards that end, the programs has four main components to be used to provide a wide range of services and supports:

  • Street outreach
  • Emergency Shelter*
  • Homelessness prevention 
  • Rapid re-housing assistance 

Two other components, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Administration, facilitate data collection and program management.

*The City of Little Rock does not have an Emergency shelter and does not receive funds under this component.

The City of Little Rock also received ESG – COVID-19 Funding from the Coronavirus AID, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020. The ESG-CV funds is for service providers that can rapidly expand or create new programs that mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among homeless individuals, support individuals from becoming homeless due to COVID-19 or other urgent homeless service needs.

Request for Proposals: ESG COVID-19 Funding

The application period for ESG COVID funding starts September 1, 2020 and closes on September 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Pre-Bid meeting will be held on September 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm. For information on the 2020 ESG-CV RFP funding currently available please click here.

All applications are reviewed by City staff to determine eligibility, completeness, and assess risk. After each application is reviewed by City staff, the application will be reviewed and ranked by an external review panel. Applications will be rated using a numerical scoring process that considers the project’s overall benefit to the community, agency experience, and cost reasonableness. 

ESG Written Standards 

The City of Little Rock has developed written standards for providing assistance with Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds. These standards were created in coordination with the Arkansas Department of Human Services District of County Operations/Office of Community Services.

Please contact Salecia Nichols, Community Development Administrator: 501-371-6825 or email slnichols@littlerock.gov for additional questions. You can also contact Kevin Howard at khoward@littlerock.gov