Grant Details

Public Housing Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Grant (ESSG) Program - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 03/27/2024 (Application)
Solicitation Date: Unknown
Match Required: No
Actual Funds: $10,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $250,000 (Max)

The purpose of this program is to support the safety and security emergency needs of public housing agencies (PHAs). For the purposes of this program, a safety and security emergency is defined as an emergency that may arise from an immediate need for funding by the PHA to implement safety and security measures necessary to address crime and drug-related activity, or a safety emergency which requires the purchase, repair, replacement, or installation of carbon monoxide alarms/detectors and/or smoke/heat alarms/detectors. The intent of the awards issued through this program is to provide one-time, project-specific assistance for emergency safety and security items that could not be absorbed within a PHA's Capital Fund budget.

Funds must be used to purchase, install, repair, or replace capital needs items, including:

  • Items that address the threat to safety posed by crime and drug-related activity, such as:
    • Security systems/cameras, including digital video recorders, license plate readers, and secure Wi-Fi transmission of video signal
    • Fencing
    • Lighting systems
    • Emergency alarm systems
    • Window bars
    • Deadbolt locks
    • Doors
    • Salaries for maintenance staff being utilized for eligible activities
  • Items that address the threat to health and safety posed by the presence of carbon monoxide and/or fire that are installed in accordance with the International Fire Code 2018 standards, including:
    • Carbon monoxide alarms
    • Carbon monoxide detectors
    • Smoke/heat alarms
    • Smoke/heat detectors

All items must meet Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) and local code requirements for egress, where necessary. Any physical modifications must comply with all applicable federal accessibility requirements, including under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Housing Act.

Award recipients must ensure, to the greatest extent feasible, that training, employment, contracting, and other economic opportunities are directed to low- and very low-income persons, especially recipients of government assistance for housing; and to businesses that provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons where a proposed project is located.

An optional webinar is scheduled for this program. Refer to the Application section for details.

Last Updated: February 13, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are public housing agencies (PHAs) faced with a safety and security emergency. All emergencies must have occurred or have been determined within the federal fiscal year in which the funds were appropriated.

Applicants must be in compliance with Fair Housing and Civil Rights laws. In addition, applicants are expected to have taken adequate safety and security measures to minimize and avoid costly emergency situations prior to requesting funding through this program.

Applicants may submit separate applications for funding to address crime and drug-related activity and for funding for the purchase, repair, replacement, or installation of carbon monoxide alarms/detectors and/or smoke/heat alarm/detectors; however, no applicant may receive more than $250,000 per fiscal year.

Applicants that have previously received funding through this program may not apply for the same project(s) and for the same broad purpose that was previously awarded.

An applicant is ineligible to receive funding through this program if it has received any of the charges, cause determinations, lawsuits, or letters of findings listed on pages 9-10 of the NOFA file, and the outstanding civil rights matter is not resolved to the funding agency's satisfaction before the application deadline.

Previous award recipients include:

  • Housing Authority of the City of Roanoke (AL)
  • Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (CA)
  • Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (OH)
  • Waterbury Housing Authority (CT)
  • Salem Housing Authority (NJ)

Refer to the Award file for additional information regarding previous award recipients.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Application Notes:

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 27, 2024.

Applications must be emailed to the appropriate address provided in the Contact section.

Applications must include:

  • Parts 1 and 2 of form HUD-50075.1
  • Description and/or explanation of how the applicant has experienced an increased threat to the health and safety of the public housing residents
  • Description of the activities that will be undertaken to correct the emergency and the estimated cost
  • Documents indicating that other funds are available to cover costs exceeding the maximum award amount (if applicable)
  • Narrative describing the increased threat to health and safety of residents (if applicable)
  • Carbon monoxide and/or fire information (if applicable)

Applications must be submitted as a single .pdf file.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at

An optional webinar will be held for this program as follows:

February 1, 2024
2:00 p.m. ET

A recording of the webinar held for this program is available online at

Refer to the NOFA file for additional application information.

Match Required: No
Actual Funds: $10,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $250,000 (Max)
Match Notes:

There are no stated matching requirements for this program; however, if the project cost estimate exceeds the maximum award amount, the applicant must include documents in the application indicating that other funds, including Capital Funds, are available to cover the additional costs. Funds must be from a source that is currently available to the applicant as of the date of application submission.

Funding Notes:

A total of $10 million is expected to be available to support awards through this program. Applicants may submit multiple applications; however, no applicant may receive more than $250,000 per fiscal year.

If the funds requested by eligible applicants exceed the funds available, the funding agency will select award recipients through a lottery process designed to achieve a broad national distribution of funds, based on the funding agency's regions. At a minimum, at least one application in each region will be funded, assuming that there are eligible applications from each region and that sufficient funds are available. For the purposes of conducting the lottery, separate applications from the same applicant will be treated as a single application.

Funds must be obligated within one year and expended within two years.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Previously incurred expenses or costs already expended to cure any National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) deficiencies
  • Purchasing, leasing, or renewing or extending contracts for security equipment produced by the Huawei Technologies Company or the ZTE Corporation, or any subsidiary or affiliate of these entities
  • Video surveillance and telecommunications equipment produced by Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, or Dahua Technology Company or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities
  • Salaries for public housing agency (PHA) security staff
  • Automated surveillance and facial recognition technology
  • Security patrol contracts or payment to local law enforcement for additional security or purchase of equipment for local police
  • Budget line item administrative expenses
  • Transferring emergency safety and security funding to the operations budget line item
  • Ongoing monitoring fees for security equipment/systems and ongoing service or maintenance contracts for emergency safety and security-related equipment or systems
  • Projects that have a contract for housing assistance payments (CHAP) for the project

In September 2023, a total of $10 million was distributed via 56 award ranging from $10,167 to $250,000 through this program. In October 2022, a total of $10,391,312 was distributed via 61 awards ranging from $4,500 to $250,000. In September 2021, a total of $10 million was distributed via 55 awards ranging from $9,250 to $250,000. Refer to the Award file for details.


Program Staff
(202) 402-4799

Agency Address
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20410

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the program staff.

Applications must be emailed to

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

NOFA File: US16172_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (287.9 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16172_HUD-50075.1_FY2024.pdf (738.2 Kb)
Award File: US16172_Award_FY2024.pdf (3.6 Mb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16172_WebinarPresentation_FY2024.pdf (560.1 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains detailed program information and application guidelines. The HUD-50075.1 file contains a required form for submission. The WebinarPresentation file contains slides from a webinar held for this program. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients.

February 13, 2024
A recording of the webinar for this program has been released, and a link to the presentation is available in the Application section. Slides from the webinar have also been released and attached as the WebinarPresentation file. The Financial section has been updated accordingly.

Project: Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Project (4.1 Mb)
Applicant: Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority

The purpose of this program is to support the emergency capital needs of public housing agencies (PHAs). Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority requested and received $250,000 to address threats posed by crime and drug-related activity. Project funds will go towards security cameras, infrastructure, controls, monitoring, and server upgrades.

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Grant Categories
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