Are the costs of obtaining an identifcation card eligible under ESG?


Are the costs of obtaining an identification card eligible under Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)? 


ESG funds may be used to pay for primary documents, such as drivers licenses or birth records, only when the primary documents are necessary for a program participant to obtain and/or maintain housing. The costs associated with obtaining primary documents for this purpose may be charged under the following activities:

  • Emergency Shelter: essential services; case management
  • Rapid Re-Housing: Housing stability case management
  • Homelessness Prevention: Housing stability case management

However, please note that recipients and subrecipients should use funds other than ESG program funds whenever possible to cover the cost of obtaining primary documents.

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