The ESG Program is a Federal entitlement
program which provides funding to improve the quality of existing emergency shelters and to increase the number of developing shelters for the homeless. In Federal Fiscal Year 2008, Nassau County is expected to receive $690,151 in ESG funds, which will be allocated to non-profit homeless providers in the County.
The County has received applications to provide services to the homeless population ranging from runaway teens, pregnant mothers, overnight shelters for men, recovering addicts, comprehensive services for mothers and children, services to victims of domestic abuse and transitional housing. The ESG program requires a 100% match of non-Federal funds to ESG funds. The match can be provided through State and local funds, contributions, and value of real property.