HUD Contingency – How Federal Government Shut Down Effects Your Community


In light of the Federal Government’s shut down, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued its’ contingency plan and may be viewed here.

Many providers within the Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness, including Community receive a fair portion of their funding through HUD.

October HUD payments have in many cases already been drawn down. However, if this government shut down continues into November, there will be major challenges ahead.


RFP Announcement – City of Lowell Emergency Solutions Grant Funds


The City of Lowell has been allocated additional block grant funding under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program for FY2011. The City will have an additional $61,226.63 available for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing activities.  While these funds are considered part of the City’s 2011 fiscal year ESG allocation, it’s likely that the funds will not become available until after July 2012.  This is a one-time supplement to the City’s existing ESG program. 


A Request for Proposal (RFP) for these funds was made available Friday February 17.  Due to a tight time frame, the deadline for submissions is Friday, March 9, 2012.  Please contact Emily Currier ( or 978-674-4252) to request an electronic copy of the RFP.  Hard copies are available at the DPD offices at 50 Arcand Drive. 


Please note: Activities funded with these dollars must comply with regulations of the HEARTH Act (  Funds available under this RFP cannot be spent on shelter operating expenses or essential services.  This second allocation of ESG funds can only be used to support activities meant to keep people in their homes or to rapidly re-house persons who have become homeless.  Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, short-term rental assistance, housing search services, utility payments, and case management.  Recipients of ESG funds must have access to an HMIS reporting system.  More information about eligible programs and the application process itself is available in the RFP. 




The Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH Act) of 2009 substantially amends several of HUD’s homeless programs, including the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. With a new emphasis on homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance, the new ESG program allows each city and town administering these funds to set priorities based on the individualized needs of the community. As a result, the City of Lowell’s Department of Planning and Development is conducting a survey for homeless and at-risk homeless service providers to identify and better understand the most pressing needs of the homeless population in Lowell at present.


If you currently work with clients who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless, please complete the short survey linked below. Your responses to the questions in this survey will directly influence the prioritization of Lowell’s ESG funds for fiscal year 2012-13 and beyond. We are looking to receive as much feedback as possible, so please feel free to forward this survey to any service providers in the area who are working with homeless or at-risk homeless populations.


Thank you in advance for assisting the City of Lowell in prioritizing this funding.