System Demonstration Grant

The System Demonstration Grant (SDG) program combines state homeless resources into a single grant opportunity for county governments under the administration of the Department of Commerce. The Human Services Department is the lead agency for administering SDG funds in Snohomish County. Local non-profit organizations receive grants through the county and provide the direct services. The SDG program is designed to support an integrated system of housing assistance to prevent homelessness and quickly re-house households who are unsheltered.  


Additional Sub Grantee Information

The Department of Commerce SDG website has updated SDG guidelines. Please note that Snohomish County has the discretion to revise/amend the guidelines within parameters approved by Commerce, therefore subrecipients should always refer to their contract with the County and if there are any questions or discrepancies, should follow up with County staff.


SDG Homelessness Prevention Services Application

Snohomish County Human Services Department, Office of Community and Homeless Services is soliciting applications for funding to support homelessness prevention services (including what has historically been funded as ‘targeted prevention’). The funding period is for two years, Program Years 2023 and 2024. 


Homelessness Prevention services are intended to assist households who are at risk of homelessness to maintain or obtain stable housing and avoid homelessness. Eligible services include housing-focused case management and temporary rent payments and other housing costs (including arrears).

The County will receive pass-through funds from Commerce; however, we are unable to provide the actual amount of funding at this time. Commerce will provide updated funding amounts, once the Washington State Legislative Session is done and the State budget is approved.


Due to funding availability and programmatic requirements, it is the intent of this RFP to select one project sponsor to administer the SDG Prevention funding for the ‘general population’ and one project sponsor to administer the SDG Prevention funding for the Young Adult Population. A separate RFP will be issued to solicit applications for homeless prevention services from By and For organizations (see the RFP for more information).  It is anticipated that multiple sponsors will be selected through the By and For RFP to serve a wide range of participants.


The application provides information and instructions for private nonprofit organizations interested in applying for these funds. 

By and For Organizations

The Snohomish County Office of Community and Homeless Services (OCHS) is accepting applications for the System Demonstration Grant (SDG) Homelessness Prevention Services Funding for By and For Organizations. The completed application will be due by Tuesday, June 6, 2023, no later than 4:00 pm (regardless of the manner submitted)

This funding is intended to assist households who are at risk of homelessness to maintain or obtain stable housing and avoid homelessness. This opportunity is for By and For Organizations in Snohomish County that wish to provide homelessness prevention services such as temporary rent payments, arears, utility payments, and housing-focused case management. By and For Organizations are defined by the Washington State Department of Commerce (the source of the funding) as organizations that “are operated by and for the community they serve”. 

You can find additional information about this RFP on the By and For Organizations website, including application materials and Zoom links to the three upcoming Application Workshops. If you have any questions please email Natasha Doyea at

Homelessness Prevention Services PY2023-PY2023 Application Documents

The 2023/2024 RFP for Homelessness Prevention Services Requests for Proposals (RFP) closed at 4 p.m. on March 13, 2023.

Technical Assistance available includes answers about funding regulations and application requirements and discussing the proposed project’s compliance with program regulations and eligibility for funding. Technical assistance is limited to clarifying requirements, eligibility or similar questions only; it does not include assisting with writing any part of an application. Agencies are encouraged to attend the Application Workshop.

Application Workshop

An application workshop was held on Monday, February 13, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. The following document is available:

Application Information Session Questions & Answers

The questions asked and answers provided during the Application Workshop are posted below. Any future updates or changes to this document will be posted here with an adjusted posting date. Please check back regularly to make sure that you have the most recent version.

Application Deadline

The updated application deadline is now Monday, March 13, 2023, no later than 4 p.m. (regardless of the manner submitted). No applications will be accepted after this deadline. Electronic copies should be submitted to OCHS Applications (do not email to staff). If unable to submit electronically, signed project proposals maybe delivered in-person or mailed. Mailed applications must be posted in time to be received by the deadline.

County Contacts

If you have any questions, would like a paper copy of the application, or wish to schedule a pre-application technical assistance appointment, please contact Debbi Trosvig by phone at 425-388-7116 or email


ADA Notice

  • If additional accommodations are required for the Online Application Workshop, please notify the ADA contact person listed below at least three (3) days in advance of the Application Workshop.
  • In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities to be provided with the information in this application in an alternative format upon request. 
  • Please contact Debbi Trosvig by phone at 425-388-7116 or email

Language Interpreters

Language interpreters are also available upon request where a substantial number of non-English speaking residents can reasonably be expected to participate. Please contact Debbi Trosvig by phone at 425-388-7116 or email