The Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) program is a federal funding source used by the City of Annapolis to provide financial assistance to homeless shelters. The City applies annually for ESG funds to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). These funds, which originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are awarded competitively by DHCD. The City receives approximately $30,000 annually in ESG funds, which are targeted to support the Light House Shelter.
The Light House Shelter, now located at 10 Hudson Street, is the only emergency shelter for the homeless in both Annapolis and Anne Arundel County that provides homeless services for single adult men and women year round. The shelter is operated by Annapolis Area Ministries, a consortium of churches formed to support the shelter and other philanthropic activities. To learn more about the Light House Shelter, please visit http://www.annapolislighthouse.org/.
The City also provides Community Development Block Grant funds and city funds annually to the Light House Shelter. Both ESG and City funds are used by the shelter for operation and maintenance expenses and homelessness prevention services. In addition, the City has several parking meters strategically placed downtown to collect a modest amount of revenue to help the shelter defray transportation costs for guests residing at the shelter.