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Eligible Areas to Provide Housing to the Homeless

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

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Snohomish County, Human Services Department, Office of Housing and Community Services (OHCS)

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11/05/21 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and local governments in eligible areas to establish permanent housing for people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. Funding is intended to reduce the amount of time spent experiencing homelessness and rapidly moving households to permanent housing. Proposals must serve the residents of Snohomish County.

The purpose of the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program is to assist households to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis. ESG funds provide for a variety of services, including: Emergency Shelter, Short-Term or Medium-Term Rental Assistance, Utility Assistance, Housing Search and Placement, and Housing Stability Case Management. The funds under this program are intended to target individuals and families who would be unsheltered but for this assistance.

Eligible Components:

  1. Emergency Shelter is defined as any facility, where the primary purpose is to provide a temporary shelter for those individuals or households experiencing homelessness and which does not require occupants to sign leases or occupancy agreements. Emergency Shelters provide a maximum 90-day project model for drop-in shelters or continuous stay shelters. To the extent practicable, participants will be assisted in obtaining housing within 20 days of entry regardless of the type of emergency shelter. However, participants may stay longer in order to prevent them from becoming homeless, on the streets, or other places not meant for human habitation. All ESG funded shelters must strive to reduce the average length of stay. Emergency shelter assistance must be available and accessible to persons County-wide.
  2. Rapid Re-housing quickly moves households from homelessness into permanent housing by providing move-in assistance, temporary rent assistance, and housing search/stability services. The services are time-limited and the household does not have to leave when services end. (The RRH Guide can be found at
  3. Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is an electronic database that collects demographic and outcome data on persons who receive housing and services in homelessness assistance programs, including prevention.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163537

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The following amounts are an estimate based on funding received by Snohomish County in PY2021.

- Program Year 2022: $215,125
- Program Year 2023: $215,125

Term of Contract:

- The 2022 program year runs from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.
- The 2023 program year runs from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
Units of general-purpose local government or private non-profit organizations that have received 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and are registered as a non-profit corporation in the State of Washington.

The County is not excepting applications for ESG funding for Prevention or Street Outreach at this time.

ESG assistance is not intended to provide long-term support for households, nor will it be able to address all of the financial and supportive service needs of households that affect housing stability.

Organizations may not engage in inherently religious activities, such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization, as a part of the programs or services funded with ESG funds.

Faith-based organizations may not restrict client participation based on required religious affiliation or services.

Snohomish County will not accept applications from individuals.

For eligibility information on emergency shelter and rapid re-housing assistance, see page 7 of the application in the Supporting Documents section below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the Pre-Application Workshop on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 3 PM on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 923 8832 2052
+12532158782,,92388322052# US (Tacoma)

The questions asked and answers provided during the Pre-Application Workshop will be posted on the URL for Full Text link below following the session.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Friday, November 5, 2021 no later than 4 p.m. (regardless of the manner submitted).

Application Schedule:
- Monday, September 27, 2021: Snohomish County Office of Community & Homeless Services (OCHS) issues Notice of Funding Availability. Applications available
- Wednesday, October 6, 2021: Pre-Application Workshop Via Zoom
- Tuesday, November 2, 2021: Technical Assistance Deadline; received no later than 4:00 p.m.
- Friday, November 5, 2021: Application Deadline. Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m.
- January 31, 2022 (tentative): Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meets and makes recommendations for PY2022 and PY2023 funds to Policy Advisory Board (PAB)
- March 1, 2022 (tentative): PAB meets and makes recommendations for PY 2022 funds to Snohomish County Council.
- May 2022 (tentative): Snohomish County Council approves funding for PY 2022 projects.
- March 2023 (tentative): PAB meets and makes recommendations for PY 2023 funds to Snohomish County Council.
- May 2023 (tentative): Snohomish County Council approves funding for PY 2023 projects.

Technical Assistance: Agencies are encouraged to attend the pre-application workshop. If additional assistance is needed, a phone or in-person conference is available. The deadline for technical assistance (including submitting questions) is Tuesday, November 2, 2021 by 4:00 p.m.

Any questions and answers communicated will be made available in a Q&A at the URL for Full Text link below. Final edits/additions to the Q&A will be posted on the website by close of business November 3, 2021.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit signed electronic copies of applications to the following email address:

If unable to submit electronically, signed applications can be:

Mailed to:
Snohomish County Human Services Department
Attention: Cathy Butler
3000 Rockefeller Ave, M/S 305
Everett, WA 98201

Delivered to receptionist station on the lower level of the Drewel Building - Oakes entrance.
Please address to:
Snohomish County Human Services Department
Attention: Cathy Butler

Technical assistance questions should be directed to Debbi Trosvig at 425.388.7116;

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