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Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: October 15, 2010
Contact: Jeffrey Rowe-Hornbaker
Kitsap County Department of Community Development
Phone: 360-337-5777 or
No: 10-54

Bowen Street Proposed Homeless Site Ceases Work Pending Review by County

(Port Orchard, WA) – Kitsap County staff requested that work begun on a proposed homeless encampment on Bowen Street in East Bremerton cease until a county review could be completed. The owner has complied with the request.

The Outside Homeless Committee of the Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition approached the county and cities to develop a homeless encampment policy for their respective jurisdictions. This request comes in light of the increasing number of homeless families and individuals seeking assistance from social service agencies, as well as new data made available from the
State Department of Social and Health Services. In response to the increase in homelessness across the state, the State Legislature passed a law this past legislative session allowing faith-based organizations to establish encampments for the homeless. Local public sector jurisdictions are prohibited from creating ordinances or regulations that would restrict faith-based organizations from hosting temporary encampments for the homeless.

Private property owner Joel Adamson proposed establishing small shelters for the homeless on his East Bremerton property for the upcoming winter months. The encampment would be operated under a lease agreement by Bremerton Rescue Mission. The County has been working in coordination with the Outside Homeless Committee to develop guidelines for ensuring protection of public health and safety in compliance with the new state law. County Community Development and Human Services Department staff members have asked the property owner to stop his current development activities until those guidelines are adopted.

The Property Owner has been responsible in alerting his neighbors on the proposed project. A Town Meeting on the proposed project is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2010, at 4:00 pm. The meeting location is New Life Assembly Church, 1305 Ironside Avenue, Bremerton.

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