Emergency Solutions Grant

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds are federal funds that may be used for homeless assistance and homeless prevention activities. The ESG program is designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance to prevent homelessness and to enable homeless individuals to move toward independent living. The objectives of the program are to help improve the quality of existing emergency shelters for the homeless, to help make available additional shelters, to help meet the costs of operating these facilities, to help provide essential social services to the homeless, and to help prevent homelessness.

Application Cycle
Applications for ESG grants are accepted every other year for a two-year period. Additional application information is available on the ESG application webpage.

Local Program Standards
Local Snohomish County program standards that implement HUD regulations and guidelines for Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and ESG projects have been developed and must be used by all projects supported by these funds. The local CoC and ESG Program Standards document is available below: 

Rapid Rehousing Guide

The Local Program Standards incorporate by reference the Rapid Rehousing Guide, which provides baseline requirements and strategies for all rapid rehousing projects funded through the Snohomish County Office of Community and Homeless Services 
Eligibility Documentation
Eligibility for assistance under the ESG Program is determined by HUD regulations and is further defined by project component. Projects funded under the ESG Program may use the following forms to document participant eligibility. 

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act As Amended by The HEARTH Act of 2009 (S.896)

The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH) was signed into law on May 20, 2009. The HEARTH Act reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. The HEARTH Act is available below:

Emergency Solutions Grant Program Interim Rule

The ESG Interim Rule was published on December 5, 2011. The ESG Interim Rule is available below: 

Homeless Definition Final Rule

The Homeless Definition Final Rule was published on December 5, 2011. The Homeless Definition Final Rule is available below: