The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, revising the Emergency Shelter Grants Program in significant ways and renaming it the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. The ESG Interim Rule took effect on January 4, 2012. The change in the program’s name, from Emergency Shelter Grants to Emergency Solutions Grants, reflects the change in the program’s focus from addressing the needs of homeless people in emergency or transitional shelters to assisting people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.

ESG eligible activities are street outreach, emergency shelters, navigation centers and rapid re-housing.

The City of Salinas’ Community Development Department is Monterey and San Benito Counties’ local ESG administrative entity. As an entitlement jurisdiction, the City of Salinas receives their own allocation of ESG, in addition to the regional State ESG allocation for both counties. State ESG funding recommendations provided by the City must be approved by the Leadership Council, Monterey and San Benito Counties’ Continuum of Care governing body.

Due to the pandemic, State ESG has released two additional waves of funding in addition to the annual renewal, significantly increasing the amount of funding for our community from $242,240 to $4,314,340.

The Leadership Council authorized the following funding allocations:

2020-2021 STATE ESG

Salinas Warming Shelter – $132,527

CCCIL Rapid Re-Housing – $102,896



Motel Vouchers  –  $150,000

Salinas Street Outreach and Food Distribution – $270,000

Community Homeless Solutions Warming Shelter/Trailers – $60,405

Community Homeless Solutions Navigation and Sprung Shelter/Trailers – $60,405

San Benito County HOME Resource Center – $81,190

Housing Resource Center Motel Vouchers – $95,000

CCCIL Motel Vouchers – $47,500

CCCIL Homeless Prevention – $28,500

CCCIL Rapid Re-Housing – $19,000



San Benito County HOME Resource Center – $200,000

San Benito County Rapid Re-Housing – $125,000

CSUMB CHE Homeless Engagement and Response Team (HEART) – $1,200,000

Community Human Services Casa de Noche Buena Emergency Shelter – $400,000

Community Human Services Rapid Re-Housing – $150,000

Dorothy’s Place Street Outreach – $236,300

SHARE Center – $500,000

Community Homeless Solutions Rapid Re-Housing – $150,000

Housing Resource Center Motel Vouchers – $150,000


*** A small percentage is set-aside for administrative costs

The California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) Program provides funds for a variety of activities to assist persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness as authorized by SB 850 (Chapter 48, Statues of 2018). The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) administers the CESH Program with funding received from the Building Homes and Jobs Act Trust Fund (SB 2, Chapter 364, Statutes of 2017)

CESH funds may be used for five primary activities: housing relocation and stabilization services (including rental assistance), operating subsidies for permanent housing, flexible housing subsidy funds, operating support for emergency housing interventions, and systems support for homelessness services and housing delivery systems. In addition, some administrative entities may use CESH funds to develop or update a Coordinated Entry System (CES), Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), or Homelessness Plan. Refer to the current Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for any limitations on these activities.

As with State ESG, the City of Salinas’ Community Development Dept. is the Administrative Entity for CESH funds which must be authorized by the Leadership Council.

2020-2021 CESH Funding allocations are as follows:

Community Homeless Solutions Trailers and Sprung Shelter – $169,910

San Benito County HOME Resource Center – $55,000

CCCIL Rapid Re-Housing – $309,269