News & Updates
Summer 2017 Point in Time Count Needs Volunteers
Kitsap County Human Services, in partnership with the Kitsap
Continuum of Care Coalition, is sponsoring a Summer 2017 Point in
Time Count, which will survey people experiencing unsheltered
homelessness. Citizen volunteers will be paired with
experienced outreach team leaders to seek out people willing to be
surveyed throughout the county. Interested volunteers must
register in advance at the link below.
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 availabe.
New Reports Available About Homelessness in
New reports providing 2016 summarized data for
homelessness in Kitsap County are now available. The
Reports & Data page includes additional
Homeless in Kitsap County Update - January
2016 Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response System Performance Dashboard
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
Sheet on Transitory Accommodation Permits
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
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
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
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
Veterans Services Guide Available
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan Update for 2016
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
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
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
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,
Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan: 2016 Update
Strategic Investments of
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
Coordinated Grant Application Process -- more information is
available on that page.
2015 Portfolio of Grant Investments in Affordable Housing and Homeless
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
Please refer to the
2016 Affordable Housing Grant Program Policy Plan (for 2016 Cycle)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
REPORTING AND PERFORMANCE
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
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
Continuum of Care Coalition.
The Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition (KCoCC) assists Kitsap County as
a Technical Advisory partner, providing expertise in the following
required annual Homeless Point In Time Count – a voluntary census of
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
developing recommendations for annual program funding priorities for
adoption by the Kitsap County
Board of Commissioners and inclusion in the Notice of Funding
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