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Emergency Solutions Grant

Making an Impact on Homelessness in Iowa

The Emergency Solutions Grant is a federal program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development designed to assist people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.

Eligible Applicants

  • Local governments (not to include local public housing authorities)

  • Nonprofit service agencies

Eligible Programming

  • Street Outreach

  • Shelter

  • Homelessness Prevention

  • Rapid Rehousing

Application Process

  • Periodic competitive application

  • May be a Combined application with Emergency Solutions Grant and Shelter Assistance Fund programs

How to Access Help

Please note that individuals may not apply directly to the Iowa Finance Authority for assistance. If you are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of becoming homeless, the best place to start is the Coordinated Entry system.

In most of Iowa, call (833) 739-0065 or email. In Des Moines and Polk County, call Centralized Intake at (515) 248-1850.

General information about service agencies can be found at


For inquiries about this program, reach out to:

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