The Department of Human Services offers an Emergency Shelter Allowance, ESA, to help a homeless or near homeless family/individual to:
The purpose of an ESA is to stop your housing crisis -- rather than slow down the process. For this reason, the County Assistance Office, CAO, will require:
To be eligible for an ESA, you also must meet all income, resource, and non-financial guidelines. The ESA payment amount, up to $400, depends on your needs, situation, and emergency. Details regarding ESA eligibility may be found in Section 138.9 of the Cash Assistance Handbook.
How to Apply:
Contact your CAO and ask what you need to do to apply for an Emergency Shelter Allowance. If you are not receiving any benefits now, you must fill out an Application for Benefits.
If you need help to fill out the application or want more information about benefits, a trained CAO staff member can help you.