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Emergency Housing and Homeless Grant (EHH)

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The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Program (HP), and Homeless Prevention Program (HPP) are collectively referred to as the Emergency Housing & Homeless (EHH) Program.

The Emergency Shelter Grant was created in 1991 under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Act, revising the Emergency Shelter program in significant ways and renaming it the Emergency Solutions Grant program. This program is federally administered by HUD, and can be used for rapid re-housing programs, homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, street outreach, homeless management information systems (HMIS), and administrative costs.

The Homeless Prevention Program is a State of Wisconsin Department of Administration program and can be used for rapid re-housing programs, homelessness prevention, and administrative costs.

The Housing Program is another State of Wisconsin Department of Administration program, and funds can be used for housing, supportive services, and administrative costs to facilitate the movement of homeless individuals and families to independent living.


Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid re-housing programs help homeless persons living on the streets or in an emergency shelter transition as quickly as possible into permanent housing. Once in permanent housing, rapid re-housing program provide services and short- to medium-term rental assistance to help such persons achieve housing.

Homelessness Prevention

Homelessness prevention programs help individuals and households who are at risk of homelessness retain housing.

Street Outreach

Street outreach programs focus on locating, identifying, and building relationships with unsheltered homeless people for the purpose of providing immediate support, intervention, and connections to homeless assistance programs and/or mainstream social services and housing programs.

Emergency Shelter

Emergency shelters provide temporary shelter and services designed to increase shelter clients’ stability.


HMIS funding is used to operate and contribute data to the Fox Cities Continuum of Care HMIS.


The City of Appleton serves as the collaborative applicant and lead agency in the administration of the EHH program, receiving $217,200 for the July 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020 program year.

Community partners include:


For more information about homelessness and HUD’s homelessness programs, visit the HUD website