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Emergency Solutions

We assist individuals and families in emergency housing situations with funding from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Emergency Food and Shelter Program Grant (EFSP).
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The Emergency Solutions Grant program assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness*, or who are at risk of homelessness, to regain stability.

This grant program includes two components, homeless prevention, and rapid re-housing.

Homeless Prevention (HP) funding is available to help individuals and families to regain stability in their current permanent housing or to move into other permanent housing. Other housing relocation and stabilization services include either short-term and/or medium-term rental assistance. This assistance may be provided in order to prevent an individual or family from moving into an emergency shelter or another place included in the HUD definition of homeless.

In order to qualify for HP funding, certain criteria must be met. For instance, a family’s income must be at or below 30% of the Annual Median Income (AMI).

Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) is available for those experiencing homelessness. RRH will help a family or individual experiencing homelessness with a rental deposit and rent payments in order to obtain stability.

This grant runs from January until the end of July with a limited amount of funding. Contact the Good Samaritan Ministries Assistance Coordinator to learn more at (406) 442-0780.

*Homeless as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Emergency Food and Shelter Program Grant (EFSP)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program grant is funded by the United Way of the Greater Helena Area and provides assistance with rent and mortgage payments. EFSP funding is distributed through local nonprofits that provide direct assistance to individuals and families experiencing hunger and homelessness.

Good Samaritan Ministries is only able to assist with mortgage payments through the EFSP grant. Due to this, the limited EFSP grant funds are in high demand and are available only for a short time. Contact our Assistance Coordinator for more information on the availability of EFSP funding.

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