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News & Updates

Volunteers Needed for Point In Time Count Surveying in January

Each year, around the state, counties survey as many individuals experiencing homelessness as possible during a 24-hour period.  This is called the Point In Time Count and will take place in Kitsap County during January 23 - 26, 2018.  Volunteers are needed to help with this project throughout the county during that week.  Volunteer opportunities include surveying at at food banks, meal sites, and outreach (with experienced outreach teams).  No experience necessary; training will be provided.

To sign up as a volunteer, please open the flier below or use this link:  http://tiny.cc/PIT2018   

2018 Point in Time Count Volunteer Flier

In addition to sending surveyors to sites around the county, there will be three Project Connect Services Fairs, connecting homeless and low-income households with resources in the community.  Fliers are available about each event, linked below:

South Kitsap Project Connect - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Bremerton Project Connect - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

North Kitsap (Kingston) Project Connect - Thursday, January 25, 2018

How You Can Help - Information Now Available

An updated brochure (November 2017) is now available, listing many ways that interested citizens can get involved and help with efforts to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time.  

How To Help People Living Homeless

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is November 11 - 19, 2017

Various activities and events around Kitsap County are planned during this week to raise awareness of our neighbors who are struggling with food insecurity and lack of stable housing.  Take a look at this flier for more information about how you can participate.

2017 SUMMER Point in Time Count and Jail Survey Summary

A summary of data collected during the 2017 SUMMER Point in Time Count and the SUMMER Jail Survey is now available on the Reports & Data page, linked here.

Winter 2017 Homeless Services Resource Guides Available

The Salvation Army publishes periodic guides to available resources for people experiencing homelessness, housing instability, or in need of free meals.  The Winter 2017 versions are available at this link.

2016 Annual Report Now Available

A brief report on the 2016 expenditures of Homeless Housing Grant Funds, the implementation of the Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan, and the impact of these funds in our community is now available on the Reports and Data page.  A report on the Affordable Housing Grant Program expenditures and results is also available.

New Reports Available About Homelessness in Kitsap

New reports providing summarized data for homelessness in Kitsap County are now available.  The Reports & Data page includes additional information.

Board of County Commissioners Approves Transitory Accommodation Ordinance

After a lengthy public process, the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance that includes code changes that allow permitting of temporary dwellings.

Summary of Transitory Accommodation Ordinance (1 page)

Transitory Accommodation Ordinance - Excerpt on Temporary Housing Only

Transitory Accommodation Ordinance - Full Text Including Code Changes for Boarding Houses and Fitness Centers

Increase in Unsheltered Homelessness Reflected in Annual Count

Over 600 people in Kitsap County are homeless, and over 200 of them are living in places not meant for human habitation, according to Kitsap County’s annual “Point in Time Count” survey. The preliminary results show a 14% increase in unsheltered homelessness and 4% overall increase in homelessness over last year’s count.  Collected surveys indicate that during the 24-hour survey period 672 individuals were living homeless in various situations, with 206 living in places not meant for human habitation. The survey also showed 166 people living in emergency shelters (including new two new overnight shelters), and 123 housed in subsidized transitional housing units.  An additional 126 individuals were counted as “doubled up” or “couch surfing” – living temporarily with family and friends.

For more information, please refer to the full Press Release.

Kitsap County 2017 Homeless Point In Time Count Surveying Underway January 25 & 26

Each year, around the state, counties survey as many individuals experiencing homelessness as possible during a 24-hour period.  This is called the Point In Time Count and will take place in Kitsap County during January 25th and 26th, 2017.  Social service professionals and community volunteers around the county are helping with the effort by sponsoring community meals and events and doing outreach surveying.  This is the most comprehensive effort to date to collect data about homelessness over a 24-hour period.  Information collected during this count provides local, state, and federal decision-makers with information about the demographics and scope of homelessness.  For information about Point In Time Count events, please download these fliers: 

Project Connect Social Services Fair - January 25

Point in Time Count Events - January 25 & 26

Initiative close to sheltering all homeless veterans, affordable housing goal remains elusive

The Homes for All Who Served initiative – a partnership of federal, state, and local veterans programs – is redoubling its effort to ensure that all veterans have access to shelter and housing as quickly as possible.   A July 2016 survey of homeless veterans identified 19 who were living without shelter, down from 45 identified in September 2015.  As of November 2016, that number is five.  Initiative partners are optimistic that in the next few weeks all of these veterans will have an offer for placement in shelter or housing programs, effectively ending unsheltered homelessness among Kitsap County veterans.  This link will take you to the full Press Release.  

 2016 Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is Nov 12 - 20

Many activities are being planned in Kitsap County in conjunction with National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, November 12- 20, 2016, including an awareness walk in Bremerton on Friday, November 18.  Links to  information about these events:  Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Activities Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Walk.   

2017 Coordinated Grant Application Process is Underway

The Kitsap Coordinated Grant Application Process 2017 Cycle Grant Recommendations slated for a public hearing before the Board of Commissioners on November 14, 2016.  For more information and links to the relevant documents, go to the Coordinated Grant Application page.

 Veterans Services Guide Available

A new Veterans Resource Guide is now available and includes a comprehensive list of housing and social services available for veterans.  It is a joint project of the Homes for All Who Served Initiative and the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program. 

Winter 2016 Resource Guides Available

The Salvation Army publishes periodic guides to available resources for people experiencing homelessness, housing instability, or in need of free meals.  The Winter 2016 versions are available at this link. .

2017 Policy Plans Approved by Board of Commissioners

The 2017 Policy Plans for the Homeless Housing Grant Program and for the Affordable Housing Grant Program were approved by the Board of Commissioners on May 23, 2016.  Please see the Coordinated Grant Application page for more information.

KCTV Segment Highlights Housing and Homelessness Program

Kitsap County produces a monthly TV program, called Inside Report, that airs on BKAT.  Episodes are also available for viewing on demand.  The April 2016 Inside Report showcases the Elections Department and the Housing and Homelessness Program.  Take a look at this link!

Portfolio of Grant Investments

A summary of 2016 Affordable Housing and Homeless Housing Grant investments in Kitsap housing and social services programs is available at this link.

Homeless Dashboards and Overviews Now Available

2015 4th Quarter and 2015 Annual Homeless Response System Performance Dashboards are now available.  In addition, the Homelessness in Kitsap overview and the Veteran Homelessness in Kitsap overview have been updated with the most recent data about homelessness.  All of these resources, and many more, are available on the Reports and Data page.

 Board Approves Emergency Ordinance on Transitory Accommodations

The Board of County Commissioners approved an Emergency Ordinance on Transitory Accommodations February 22, 2016. A copy of the signed ordinance is available at this link.   A summary of the permit types and additional information is available at this link.

Increase in unsheltered homelessness reflected in Kitsap’s annual count

During the annual Kitsap County Point in Time Count, a survey that took place over a 24-hour period in January to identify those living homeless, 644 individuals were counted – a 30 percent increase since last year. Preliminary results for Kitsap identified 217 individuals living unsheltered in cars, abandoned buildings, the streets, tents, or other places, a figure more than 70% more than last year’s count.   More information is available at this link.

How You Can Help Brochure

A list of suggestions and ideas for how to help people who are experiencing homelessness are included in a brochure: "How to Help People Living Homeless."  


Homes for All Who Served initiative aims to end veteran homelessness in Kitsap County

An initiative to end veterans homelessness in Kitsap County through the collaborative efforts of a broad range of federal, state, and local social service organizations was announced in early November.  More information is available here.

Veterans experiencing homelessness and seeking housing assistance should contact the Housing Solutions Center at 360-473-2035, or go to Kitsap Community Resources, 1201 Park Street, Bremerton, for the Veterans Housing Options Group, which meets on Mondays from 1pm - 2pm.  Walk-ins are welcome.

2016 Kitsap Coordinated Grant Application Funding Awards

The Board of County Commissioners made grant awards as recommended by the citizen review committee at the regularly scheduled November 9, 2015, meeting. The funding awards and additional information is available on the Coordinated Grant Application page.

Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan Update for 2016 Approved

The Board of County Commissioners approved the Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan Update for 2016 at the regularly scheduled meeting on November 9, 2015, at 5:30pm.

Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan - Update for 2016 (Approved)

At two Stakeholder Meetings in August 2015, information was presented about the progress made in addressing homelessness over the last 10 years, the socio-economic factors that may lead people to experience homelessness, the current state of homelessness in Kitsap County, and the process of updating the Homeless Housing Plan.  The presented information is available here.


Program Overview

The Kitsap County Human Services Housing and Homelessness Program works reduce Kitsap homelessness and to support and increase affordable housing through implementation of state legislation and local policies.

The program vision is to make homelessness a rare, brief, and one-time occurrence in Kitsap County and to ensure that affordable housing is accessible to all Kitsap residents who need it. 

The mission is to ensure that Kitsap is a leader in reducing homelessness and improving access to affordable housing through systemic planning, facilitating strategic investments of public funds, measuring and reporting on progress, and ensuring an effective community response to these issues. 

The program partners with many social service providers and affordable housing developers, and includes several components:

Systemic Planning

KITSAP HOMELESS HOUSING PLAN: 2016 UPDATE

The Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan is the strategic planning document for addressing homelessness and includes specific action areas and strategies that are then funded through the Homeless Housing Grant Program.   The Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan: 2016 Update was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on November 9, 2015. 

Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan: 2016 Update


Strategic Investments of Public Funds

Kitsap County governs and manages the Affordable Housing Grant Program and the Homeless Housing Grant Program, and works with the Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition as a technical advisory group.  Both of these grant programs are part of the Kitsap Coordinated Grant Application Process -- more information is available on that page.

2015 Portfolio of Grant Investments in Affordable Housing and Homeless Services

Grant Funds Available Chart 2005 - 2015

AFFORDABLE HOUSING GRANT PROGRAM (AHGP)

Formerly called the '2060 Low-Income Housing Grant Program' or the 'Affordable Housing for All Grant Program'

Substitute House Bill 2060 became law in Washington State on June 13, 2002. The law created a document recording fee on certain documents to be utilized for low-income housing. Administration of the fund is shared between local governments and the State. The local portion of SHB 2060 funds is to be administered pursuant to an inter-local agreement between Kitsap County and the Cities within the County.

The four Kitsap cities (Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Poulsbo) and Kitsap County agreed to implement the legislative requirements through a county-wide program, managed by Kitsap County.

Affordable Housing Grant Program (AHGP) funds are locally collected funds that are used to fulfill the mandates of the Affordable Housing For All legislation (SHB 2060, and subsequent legislation that amends SHB 2060). Grant funds are collected through a surcharge on document recording fees. The grant funds must be used to create and support affordable housing.

Please refer to the 2016 Affordable Housing Grant Program Policy Plan (for 2016 Cycle) or the 2017 Affordable Housing Grant Program Policy Plan (for 2017 Cycle) for more information about this grant program.

For information about funding awards, go to the Grant Funding Awards page.

HOMELESS HOUSING GRANT PROGRAM (HHGP)

Formerly called the '2163 Homeless Housing Grant Program' or the 'Homeless Housing Assistance Act Grant Program'

In 2005, the Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2163, the Homeless Housing and Assistance Act. This legislation set a statewide goal of reducing homelessness by 50% in 10 years.

The ESSHB 2163 legislation provides a funding source for the homeless housing grant program through an additional surcharge on document recording fees. Subsequent legislation has increased the amount of the surcharge. As of April 2011, approximately 60% of the funds collected are distributed through local homeless grant programs. Grants are to be distributed for programs that directly accomplish the goals of the Homeless Housing Plan. 

In addition to requirements at the state level, the legislation contains requirements for each county regarding countywide planning and data collection and reporting.

The four Kitsap cities (Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Poulsbo) and Kitsap County agreed to implement the legislative requirements through a county-wide program, managed by Kitsap County.

Please refer to the 2016 Homeless Housing Grant Program Policy Plan (for 2016 Cycle) or the 2017 Homeless Housing Grant Program Policy Plan (for the 2017 Cycle) for more information about this grant program.

For more information about the ESSHB 2163 Homeless Housing and Assistance Act, visit the Washington State Department of Commerce.

For information about funding awards, go to the Grant Funding Awards page.


Measuring and Reporting on Progress

The Housing and Homelessness Program collects data reports on progress to reduce homelessness and increase affordable housing in several ways:

POINT IN TIME COUNT OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS

The Point In Time Count is a voluntary census of individuals and households experiencing homelessness.  It is carried out through a variety of methods through partnerships with social service organizations and outreach by volunteers.  Data is entered into the Homeless Management Information System and submitted to the Washington State Department of Commerce. 

HOMELESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (HMIS)

The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is an electronic record system that enables information gathering about, and continuous case management of, homeless persons across agencies in a particular jurisdiction (city, county, state). Homeless service providers collect information about their clients and input it in the HMIS so that it can be matched with information from other providers to get accurate counts of homeless clients and the services they need. 

For more information please go to the HMIS page.

REPORTING AND PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Performance measures are tracked for the Kitsap Homeless Response System (including all of the homeless and housing social service providers), and are available on the Reports & Data page, linked here.


Coordinated Community Response

KITSAP CONTINUUM OF CARE COALITION

The Program works closely with social service providers and affordable housing developers.  Many of these organizations are part of the Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition

The Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition (KCoCC) assists Kitsap County as a Technical Advisory partner, providing expertise in the following areas:

  • Coordinating the required annual Homeless Point In Time Count – a voluntary census of homeless individuals,

  •   Partnering with Kitsap County to develop the required 10-Year Homeless Housing Plans and periodic updates to the Plan, for approval by the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners, and

  •  Participating in developing recommendations for annual program funding priorities for adoption  by the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners and inclusion in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

Other useful documents pertaining to the Housing and Homelessness Program:

Kitsap Homeless Housing System Graphic


*Prior to 2015, the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC) managed this program; some documents from prior to 2015 reference KRCC.
Are you experiencing homelessness or  housing instability and need assistance?
The Housing Solutions Center (HSC) is a one-stop resource center for anyone needing housing assistance.  For more information, or if you are experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis, please contact the HSC at 360-473-2035.  Lists of available resources are available here.

Looking for information about veteran homelessness and the Homes For All Who Served  Initiative?
Information about the effort to end veteran homelessness in Kitsap County is available at this link.

Looking for Data and Reports on Homelessness?

Reports on the Kitsap homeless response system and data about homelessness in Kitsap County are available here.


Want to know about 2018 & 2017 Homelessness and Affordable Housing Grant awards?

Information about the Kitsap Coordinated Grant Application Cycle is available at this link.

Looking for Kitsap's strategic plan to address homelessness?

The Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan Update for 2016 is available at this link.

Interested in the Annual Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons?

Summary Data on the PiT Count

2018 Point In Time Count: January 24-25, 2018

For more information about the Housing & Homelessness Program contact:
Kirsten Jewell
Program Coordinator
Housing & Homelessness Program
kjewell@co.kitsap.wa.us
360-337-7286


Program Specialist
Housing & Homelessness Program
360-337-7287