The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) announces the availability of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) applications for the 2013 grant year. 

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds may be used for:

  • Provision of “street outreach”/essential services for chronically homeless (unsheltered) persons. Eligible activities include engagement, case management, emergency health services, and ground transportation. 
  • Operation or renovation of facilities providing emergency shelter 
  • Provision of essential services for persons housed in an emergency shelter 
  • Homelessness prevention and/or rapid re-housing services for qualified individuals and families who are literally homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. Eligible activities include provision of short- and/or medium-term rental assistance and also intake services, housing search & placement, and case management relative to assisting clients with rental assistance 

Applications will be available for pick-up between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at VIHFA’s offices located at 3202 Frenchtown Plaza, St. Thomas, and 100 Lagoon Complex, Suite 4 Frederiksted, St. Croix starting on Monday, May 6, 2013. Applications will be due on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM. No extensions of the due date will be granted.

Orientation sessions for prospective applicants will be held in the respective island districts as follows: St. Croix – Thursday, May 21, 2013 and St. Thomas/St. John – Tuesday, May 23, 2013. The sessions, which will be held at the VIHFA’s Training Room on each respective island, will begin at 10:00 AM. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the orientation sessions. 

For additional information, please contact Ms. Bernadette L. Richards, Director of Capital Development Planning at (340) 772-4432