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Basic Needs Grants

Basic needs such as food, shelter, and access to health care is the first step to identifying the complex, long-term issues families with young children face, that will eventually require collaborative solutions.

While we work toward long-term outcomes through our CORE Collaborative Approach, continued support of families with young children for basic needs such as food, healthcare, housing, and transportation is a necessity. Though the majority of our community investments have been made into the CORE Collaboratives, we continue to make some program-level investments in basic needs, working with these partners to integrate into the collaborative model over time. We anticipate that basic needs programs will be a valuable entry point for families to connect with Collaboratives that can provide holistic services for both the children and the adults in their lives.
Thirty percent of the CORE Fund is allocated to Basic Needs grants. These grants are awarded to provide basic need services and/or access to services for young children (prenatal to age eight) and their families with low income. These Basic Needs grants are 18-month investments beginning in July 2019.

All funding decisions are made by trained volunteer grant readers. Over 2/3 of grant readers for this funding cycle were parents of young children with experience accessing or navigating basic needs services. Final funding recommendations were created by 100% parent volunteers with lived experience. Funding determinations are based on a program’s current or emerging connection to the five CORE Collaboratives, its ability to specifically outreach and serve families with young children, and the level to which a program can provide equitable access to basic needs services. Grants are available to public and nonprofit organizations that met the minimum standards for eligibility and submit all required eligibility documentation. 


The following grants have been awarded to Basic Needs programs for a total investment of $675,000. Read our press release, see the program descriptions below, or download descriptions of these funded programs for more information.


Agency: Babies of Homelessness
Program: Outreach
Category: Health

The Outreach program provides direct, low-barrier delivery of diapers, wipes, and infant formula to families experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Participants are identified via 2-1-1 and partner agency referral, or via the client intake line. Intake includes assessment, referrals to additional resources, and a scheduled delivery within 48 hours.

Agency: ChildStrive
Program: Counseling for Connect Casino Road Families
Category: Health

Counseling for Connect Casino Road (CCR) Families provides counseling services for young children and their families being served by any program associated with the Connect Casino Road Collaborative. These services will include, at a minimum: outreach to families referred by a partner in CCR; direct trauma-informed counseling services focused on children birth to five years of age to meet needs of mostly immigrant families experiencing trauma and toxic stress; infant and early childhood mental health services; family counseling; and referral to other needed supports and services to benefit the child and family. This funding will support hiring a counselor who is experienced in and credentialed to provide Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services and is also trained and experienced in trauma-informed services.

Agency: Cocoon House
Program: Cocoon House North Maternity Group Home
Category: Housing

Cocoon House North is a five-bed maternity group home in Arlington serving pregnant/parenting teens ages 13-17. Cocoon House North creates a peaceful, nurturing, and trauma-informed environment to ensure the safety and meet the basic needs of homeless pregnant and parenting young mothers and their babies, while helping build the parenting and self-sufficiency skills they need for future independence and family success. Program components at Cocoon House North include life skills training, parenting and family management skills, mental health and substance abuse counseling, health care, education and employment services, social support and community building, and aftercare planning to facilitate the transition out of the shelter to permanent housing.

Agency: Domestic Violence Services (DVS)
Program: Supportive Housing
Category: Housing

The Supportive Housing program centers on empowering parents and children who have been victims of domestic violence while they are sheltered in the DVS emergency shelter or transitioning to DVS housing. The Supportive Housing program model provides intensive support, tailored to each family’s background and circumstances, through which the parent works with a case manager to set and work toward goals. Supportive Housing program staff work with the children —individually and in group settings—to help them process and express their emotions in healthy and age-appropriate ways and to support them build the skills for healthy future relationships. The program model addresses the immediate needs of program participants and works toward breaking the cycle of domestic violence and preventing such violence in future generations.

Agency: Housing Hope
Program: Emergency Family Shelter
Category: Housing

The Emergency Family Shelter provides safe, stable, free housing and wraparound supportive services designed to serve families in crisis. Whole families are sheltered together in apartments with the goal of stabilizing families and moving them to permanent housing within 90 days through a comprehensive housing and service platform. The shelter is inclusive of two-parent and single-male heads of households, families with disabilities, mental health concerns, or child behavior challenges.

Agency: Housing Hope
Program: Homeless Teen and Young Parent Program
Category: Housing

The Homeless Teen and Young Parent Program provides housing and wraparound services to pregnant and parenting youth ages 16-24 and their young children. Family Support Coaches help teen parents meet all their basic needs, including free or affordable food, clothing, transportation, and childcare. The goal of this program is to assist young parents to complete their own child development, learn the skills and attitudes needed to transition to adult roles and responsibilities, and ensure their children are developing on target. The program includes wraparound supportive services, on-site Education and Employment Specialists, College of Hope adult life skills courses, and child development services.

Agency: Kindering Center
Program: Families in Transition
Category: Health

The Families in Transition (FIT) program provides children experiencing homelessness with the opportunity to make social, emotional, and developmental gains at a critical time for brain development through individualized, highly tailored therapies and interventions. FIT focuses on developing protective factors that mitigate the risks factors for children experiencing homelessness by supporting parents in developing the foundational skills and confidence to build a lasting, impactful connection with their child. FIT provides comprehensive developmental evaluations, early intervention services, and Promoting First Relationships parent training.


Agency: Lutheran Community Services NW
Program: Community Resource Center
Category: Housing

The Community Resource Center provides family support programming in Everett and Arlington. Programming includes crisis stabilization, including homelessness, food scarcity, lack of sufficient clothing and hygiene needs, mental illness, unemployment, domestic violence, and substance use. The program also includes assessment, planning, prevention services, and service navigation to support families in gaining stability and self-sufficiency.


Agency: Pacific Treatment Alternatives
Program: Parent Child Assistance Program
Category: Housing

The Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) provides evidence-based home visitation case management for mothers who use alcohol or drugs during pregnancy. PCAP's goals are to help mothers build healthy, independent families and prevent future births of children exposed prenatally to alcohol and drugs. PCAP works with mothers to provide recovery support and assure that children are in safe and stable homes. This funding will support PCAP in establishing an emergency shelter for participating families that are experiencing homelessness.

Agency: Stanwood Camano Food Bank
Program: HOPE Backpack Program
Category: Food

The HOPE Meals for Kids Backpack Program provides food packs for low-income families living in the Stanwood Camano area. Distribution is coordinated through the Stanwood Camano School District, providing packs of kid-friendly, nutritious food to 250 children each week, 52 weeks per year. Packs include a rotating menu with shelf-stable items and “fresh packs” (produce and dairy) delivered each week to all schools in the district, as well as partner agencies/businesses.


Agency: Stilly Valley Health Connections (Public Hospital District #3)
Program: Darrington Mental Health Counseling
Category: Health

This program will provide the Darrington School District with mental health counseling for elementary students in grades K-3 with Medicaid insurance. Initially, it will provide one day per week and expand to more days per week as the program develops. This funding will support a therapist in becoming credentialed with Medicaid and will reimburse the remainder of their rate that is not reimbursed by billing Medicaid.


Agency: YWCA
Program: Parents for Parents Emergency Housing Flex Fund
Category: Housing

The YWCA Parents for Parents Program (P4P) supports parents involved with child welfare services who are experiencing addiction issues. The program seeks out and supports families at court hearings and gathers community resources and information to assist these families. Parents for Parents Emergency Housing Flex Funds will provide housing intervention for families who are experiencing homelessness or at immediately risk of becoming homeless. This funding will provide flex funds that can be used when shelter and housing resources are not available, participants are waiting for a treatment bed to open and/or are faced with eviction including: motel vouchers, Oxford or Clean and Sober House, eviction prevention, utility payments, move-in assistance, or other circumstances in order to stabilize crisis and achieve reunification.


Agency: YWCA
Program: Shelter and Housing Services
Category: Housing

The YWCA’s Shelter and Housing Services Program provides emergency shelter, housing, and services specifically designed to meet the unique needs of low-income homeless mothers with children (ages prenatal-8). Clients receive emergency housing, housing navigation and application support, project-based vouchers, financial assistance though referrals to Rapid Rehousing and Landlord Engagement Programs, and direct access to Parents for Parents and Children’s Services programs.


For questions about grant investment, please contact Lark Kesterke, Director of Impact and Investments, at or 425.374.5506.