Since 1987, the City of Jacksonville has received $3.774 million in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds awarded to the city through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ESG is designed to assist homeless persons by providing safe and sanitary shelter in addition to financial assistance and essential social services necessary to improve their situations. The ESG also assists with the initiative to end homelessness and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding, which assists individuals and families infected and /or affected by AIDS.
The Jacksonville, Duval County allocation is currently directed toward supporting homeless activities that include: shelter, meals, medical, dental and mental health care, social services, job training and employment services. In addition, ESG funds are used for rental and utility assistance to prevent persons from becoming homeless.
Agencies that provide activities that benefit homeless individuals may apply for Community Development Block Grant funds.