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Grants to Washington Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Areas to Provide Housing to the Homeless

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)


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Funding Source
Office of Housing and Community Services (OHCS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington: Snohomish County

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/09/23 4:00 PM Receipt Save

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

The purpose of the ESG program is to assist households 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.

Projects must demonstrate that ESG funding applied for does not merely replace (supplant) other state or local government funding for an existing service.

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.  

For more information about each of these components, see page 6 of the Application in Supporting Documents.


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

For additional eligibility requirements, see page 9 of the Application in Supporting Documents.

The County is not accepting 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.

Snohomish County will not accept applications from individuals.

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.

An organization that participates in the ESG program shall not, in providing program assistance, discriminate against a program beneficiary or prospective program beneficiary on the basis of religion or religious belief.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the Pre-Application Workshop on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 10:30AM on Zoom.

Join Zoom Workshop:
Meeting ID: 889 1330 7939

Call In:
Meeting ID: 889 1330 7939

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

Pre-Application Information
The application deadline is Thursday, November 9, 2023 no later than 4 p.m. (regardless of the manner submitted).

Application Schedule:
- Thursday, October 5, 2023: Snohomish County Office of Community & Homeless Services (OCHS) issues Notice of Funding Availability.
Applications available
- Wednesday, October 11, 2023: Pre-Application Workshop Via Zoom
- Monday, November 6, 2023: Technical Assistance Deadline; received no later than 4:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 9, 2023: Application Deadline. Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m.
- February 2024 (tentative): Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meets and makes recommendations for PY2024 and PY2025 funds to Policy Advisory Board (PAB)
- March 2024 (tentative): PAB meets and makes recommendations for PY2024 funds to Snohomish County Council.
- May 2024 (tentative): Snohomish County Council approves funding for PY2024 projects.
- March 2025 (tentative): PAB meets and makes recommendations for PY2025 funds to Snohomish County Council.
- May 2025 (tentative): Snohomish County Council approves funding for PY2025 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 Monday, November 6, 2023 by 4:00 p.m.

Assistance available includes answers about funding regulations and application requirements and discussing the proposed project’s compliance with program regulations and eligibility for funding.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to mail early to avoid missing the deadline; applications must be received by OCHS by the above date and time.

Agencies receiving ESG funding must provide match for ESG funds dollar-for-dollar (100% match requirement) with funding from other public or private sources that comply with the requirements of 42 U.S.C. 11375.

The Snohomish County Office of Community and Homeless Services held a Pre-Application Workshop on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
ESG Application Q&A:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The following amounts are an estimate based on funding received by Snohomish County in PY2023. The actual level of funding received by Snohomish County may vary from the estimated amounts.
- Program Year 2024: $225,035
- Program Year 2025: $225,035

Term of Contract
Allocation amounts are for a one (1) year contract period. Budgets must be broken out per year as follows:
- Program Year 2024: July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025
- Program Year 2025: July 1, 2025 to June 30, 2026.

Contact Information
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: Sam Scoville
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: Sam Scoville

If you have any questions, would like a paper copy of the application, or wish to schedule a pre-application technical assistance appointment, please email Sam Scoville or call 425-388-7265.

Snohomish County Government
3000 Rockefeller Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
Phone: 425-388-3411

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