Kitsap County News

Tickets on sale now for 28th Annual Conference for Human Rights Dec. 711/6/2018

​The 28th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Olympic College, 1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton. This year's theme is "Building Community in a Polarized World: Celebrating Our Togetherness." Tickets are now on sale at

The conference begins with breakfast and a special introduction from Harriette Bryant of the Bremerton Housing Authority and Partnering for Youth Achievement. Participants will attend workshops (details below) throughout the morning and gather together again for a delicious lunch and time to network. The afternoon features facilitated discussions.

The conference is organized by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights and sponsors include Olympic College, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, Kitsap Sun and the Shiers Law Firm.

To purchase tickets and learn more about sponsorship levels, click here.

General ticket categories are adult, youth, and adult with informational table. Ticket prices include breakfast and lunch. Sponsorship levels of support are also available, which help fund youth scholarships. 

2018 Conference Workshops (participants will select two workshops to attend during the conference):

The Power of Empathy for Ourselves and Others with Marcia Christen of Northwest Compassionate Communication

Dignity and Equality: What are Human Rights? with Judy Arbogast of the Council for Human Rights

Building Community Through Volunteering with Tamra Ingwaldson of United Way of Kitsap County

Considering RACE and ACES with Sonia Barry of North Kitsap School District

Affordable Housing with Regina Adamson of Kitsap Public Market

How to Kill an Indian With a Piece of Paper: Blood Quantum Laws and Contemporary American Indian Identity with Noel Purser of the Suquamish Tribe

-  Healing Roots: Tools for Survivors with Beckie Evans and Erika Anderson of Life Keys Energy

Disaggregating Population Data to Shed Light on Health Disparities with Maya McKenzie of the Kitsap Public Health District

The Restorative Circle Experience with Sue Miglino of the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County

Peer Support 101: Building Community Resiliency with Pattie Marshall of the Health Care Authority Behavioral Health and Recovery Division

Bully You, Bully Me (A Search for the Bully Within) with Karen Vargas of Living Life Leadership

For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle at (360) 337-4650 or To learn more about the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights, click here.

Kitsap WSU Extension survey asks for public input on current programs 11/5/2018

​Kitsap County is partnering with Washington State University (WSU) Extension to survey residents about how they use the WSU Kitsap Extension programs and services, and which are most valuable to their families and communities.

The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, asks about residents' familiarity with WSU Kitsap Extension, the frequency of their participation and suggestions for outreach and expanded programs and services.  You can complete the survey online. Participation is voluntary, and responses are confidential.

"We want to be sure we are focusing on the needs of the community and using Kitsap County's resources to support the programs that make the most difference for our citizens," said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. 

WSU Kitsap Extension has served the county since 1917, coordinating educational and outreach programs such as the Master Gardeners, 4-H Youth Development, Strengthening Families, Noxious Weed Control, Stream and Salmon Stewards, Rain Garden Mentors, Beach Naturalists and Small Farm Resources. WSU Kitsap extension has over 550 volunteers who support these programs annually.

Send questions about the survey to or for more information, contact the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080.  Learn more about programs at Kitsap WSU Extension online.

Legacy lots, land use discussed in Manchester Nov. 610/29/2018

​Jim Bolger, assistant director of the Kitsap County Department of Community Development, is the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Manchester Library, 8067 East Main Street. The topics of discussion will include legacy lots and other land-use issues unique to Manchester. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and learn more about development in the community.

The MCAC will also review its 2018 work plan and begin work on updating it for 2019.

For more information, visit the MCAC website here or contact Jennifer Haro in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080,


Help guide county’s decision-making: Citizens needed to serve on advisory committees10/24/2018

Kitsap County citizens have an opportunity to help guide county government’s decision-making, address neighborhood concerns, improve communities and connect citizens to local services and programs. Consider applying to serve on one of the many Kitsap County advisory groups. Members are appointed by county commissioners to serve as sounding boards and conduits between citizens, communities, county staff and commissioners. Members may also review grant applications, transportation and development plans or host informational events with other public agencies. Applications are currently being accepted for the following boards, committees and councils:

o  Board of Equalization – North, South and Central Kitsap Representatives

o  Commission on Children and Youth – Business, Military, Tribal, North Kitsap School District youth

o  Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee – California, Nebraska and At-Large Representatives

o  Non-Motorized Facilities Citizens Advisory Committee – North Kitsap, At-Large Representatives

o  Planning Commission – Central Kitsap Representative

o  Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee – At-Large Representatives

o  Washington State Ferries Advisory Committee – Bainbridge Island Route Representative

More information about the positions listed above and an online application are available at Kitsap County Volunteer Services, (360) 337-4650 or .

Commissioners approve recommendations for mental health tax funding10/10/2018

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Oct. 8, approving $4.1 million in funding as recommended by the Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Committee.

The funds are generated from the 1/10th of 1 percent sales and use tax Commissioners approved Sept. 23, 2013, which are designated for mental health, chemical dependency and therapeutic court services in Kitsap County.

“Most of us know someone with mental illness or drug and alcohol dependency and see that there are behavioral health service gaps in our community,” said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. “Too often, the de facto systems of care are local jails, courts, and hospital rooms. This funding develops a coordinated approach similar to the continuum of care model from public health.”

Commissioners appoint members to the citizens advisory committee to advise on funding allocations of the mental health tax. The committee voted unanimously Sept. 18 to recommend funding for 19 of the 25 proposals submitted. The awards total $4.1 million for a 12-month period.

“The citizen’s advisory committee evaluated 25 submissions requesting a total of $7.4 million in funding,” said committee chair Richard Daniels, during the Commissioners' business meeting Oct. 8. “These submissions were closely reviewed. Each of the proposers went through a question-and-answer period with the committee. Committee members then considered each proposal in relation to the county’s Continuum of Care, Strategic Plan for Services, and the $4.5 million of funding available. The process was not easy. Every proposal submitted had merit.”

Fourteen of the proposals approved received continuation funding for their programs that were also funded previously for the current year. These include therapeutic court programs such as behavioral health court, juvenile individualized and drug courts, and adult and veterans drug treatment courts. Support for law enforcement crisis intervention training and a program that teams behavioral health navigators with law enforcement officers was also continued.

Five of the programs approved for funding are new, including re-entry coordination at the jail, substance abuse prevention services, support for the Prosecutor’s Office in operating therapeutic courts, pre-development for permanent supportive housing and mobile behavioral health services provided by Peninsula Community Health Services.


A complete list of the funding recommendations and more information on the 1/10th of 1 percent sales and use tax is available here or contact Doug Washburn, director of Kitsap County Human Services, at (360) 337-4526, for more information.

Applications open for Conference for Human Rights workshop proposals9/21/2018

The 28th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights will focus on "Building Community in a Polarized Environment: Celebrating Togetherness" and takes place Dec. 7 at Olympic College in Bremerton.

Applications open for workshop proposals

Applications are now open for conference workshop proposals. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15, 2018.

Presentations are sought that reflect the conference theme or provide skill-building such as mediation, anti-bias training, mental health awareness or resiliency. Interactive and participatory workshops in particular are preferred. Workshops may also address topics of concerns local community groups have identified this year including: homelessness; barriers to navigating services (language, computer access, health care insurance, transportation); systemic racism; and the detention of immigrants. 

Proposals should identify whether the workshop is an entry-level presentation or assumes some knowledge of the topic. Workshops specifically geared towards youth are also welcome. Please complete the online application here.

Nominations accepted for Linda Gabriel Awards, recognizing contributions to human rights

The Kitsap County Council for Human is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Linda Gabriel Awards. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 5, 2018.

The Linda Gabriel Awards (formerly known as the Wall of Fame Awards) are presented each year at the annual Conference for Human Rights to recognize youth, adults, organizations and lifetime achievements that made significant contributions to human rights efforts in Kitsap County. Linda Gabriel, who passed away in 2014, was a founder of the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights in the late 1980s.

For a complete list of recipients, please click here. For more information and to make a nomination, please complete the online application form here. 

Interested in joining the Council for Human Rights?

Applications are open for representatives from north, south and central Kitsap. Complete the online application here.

For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650,


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Assessor's Office begins property inspections in Kingston, Hansville9/13/2018

Appraisers from the Kitsap County Assessor's Office are now conducting on-site inspections throughout the greater Kingston and Hansville areas. Washington state law (RCW 84.40.025) requires inspections of all real property throughout the county at least once every six years. 

Current inspections should be completed by March 2019. If an appraiser from the office attempts to make contact with the resident or homeowner, please understand they are trying to verify the characteristics of the property to ensure the accuracy of data. 

Due to the high volume of inspections being conducted, appraisers are unable to accommodate appointments at this time.

Appraisers do not drive county-issued vehicles, however their vehicles are marked with county identification on both sides.  Other verification options are: request to see individual credentials; contact the Assessor's Office at (360) 337-7160; or check the inspection-area progress map at:

The Assessors' Office staff appreciates the public's cooperation. For more information, contact the Assessor's office at (360) 337-7160 or

Walk & Talk through North Kitsap with Commissioner Rob Gelder8/2/2018

Join Commissioner Rob Gelder to "Walk & Talk" as he traverses through North Kitsap communities to talk about topics that are important to residents. No reservations required!

"Walk & Talk"  sessions are scheduled the first Saturday of the month, beginning at 9:30 a.m. sharp at the following starting points:

August 4, 2018
Port Gamble
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park parking lot
(main lot, west side of highway 104)
September 1, 2018
Hansgrill - 7532 NE Twin Spits Rd
No October Event
November 3, 2018
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
December 1, 2018
Coffee Oasis - 780 NE Iverson St
January 5, 2019
Bainbridge Island
BI Senior Center - 370 Brien Dr SE
February 2, 2019
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
No March Event
April 6, 2019
Keyport Mercantile - 15499 Washington Ave
May 4, 2019
General Store - 9175 NE Shore Dr
June 1, 2019
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
July 6, 2019
Suquamish Pier
August 3, 2019
Port Gamble
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park parking lot
(main lot, west side of highway 104)
September 7, 2019
Hansgrill - 7532 NE Twin Spits Rd
October 5, 2019
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
November 2, 2019
Coffee Oasis - 780 NE Iverson St
December 7, 2019
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave

For more information, contact Commissioner Gelder at (360) 337-7080, Click here for a Walk & Talk flyer.

AARP awards community challenge grant to Homes for All project 7/23/2018

Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido is pleased to announce that Homes for All, which is planning a tiny house village in South Kitsap, is the recipient of an $11,153 AARP Livable Communities challenge grant. Funds will be used to renovate a donated 320-square-foot trailer into an ADA-compliant, shared kitchen facility to be located within the village. The trailer will provide the community with room for food storage, appliances, nutritious meal preparation, individual lockers for residents and a multi-purpose community room where they can have meals together, and participate in activities such as educational and wellness classes.

"I'm thrilled Homes for All is receiving this national recognition and support from AARP," said Commissioner Garrido. "These funds will allow us to begin renovation of the trailer immediately. Having a central gathering place for the village will be vital to building a sense of community and improving the confidence, health and well-being of the residents."

Homes for All is a countywide leadership coalition of government agencies, businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations, partnering to provide affordable micro-houses that are a safe, secure and sanitary option for those who have no home. The Homes for All coalition's tiny house village in South Kitsap is a pilot "livability community" project that will provide housing, case management and care services for men, women, families and seniors. The village design incorporates 14 tiny homes as transitional, emergency or temporary housing for approximately 20 residents and will include shared open space for community activities.

The Homes for All grant is one of only 129 awarded nationwide, and one of two in Washington state. AARP is distributing $1.3 million to innovative projects that inspire change and positively impact the lives of residents of all ages. The grants help communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress.

"AARP has teams on the ground in communities across the country who hear from mayors, community leaders and local residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge Grant Program to answer that call and help build momentum for more livable communities nationwide," said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President of Community, State and National Affairs. "This year, we are proud to fund more projects in more communities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico."

For more information, visit the Homes for All website, call (360) 337-7287 or e-mail To learn more about AARP and the Community Challenge grant program, visit


New story map explores North Kitsap communities5/24/2018

​Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder invites the public to explore the new North Kitsap Communities story map on the county's website.

The story map format allows viewers to scroll through information about North Kitsap, while accompanying maps adjust to provide a close-up look at the many communities. There are links to additional maps and community resources for those who live in the area or are planning a visit.

"In this day and age, we all try to find ways to explore and connect with our neighborhood. This is an interactive way to take a tour of our community, from the comfort of our home," said Commissioner Gelder.

For more information on North Kitsap Commissioner District 1 and to sign up for electronic notifications, visit Commissioner Gelder's website here.

Commissioner Wolfe holds monthly listening sessions in Silverdale3/13/2018

​Constituents of Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe now have an opportunity to meet with him in Silverdale - without an appointment - during First Friday Listening Sessions in Old Town Silverdale every month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Monica's Waterfront Bakery & Café, 3472 NW Byron St. The first session will be April 6.

The time and location allow for those in Central Kitsap to drop by over the lunch hour to share concerns and ideas or just engage in lively conversation.

Other First Friday Listening Sessions are scheduled May 4 and June 1. The July session will be cancelled because of its proximity to the Fourth of July but meetings resume Aug. 3.

For more information, contact Angie Silva in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080,

Kitsap County Aging & Long Term Care offers expanded support services for individuals and caregivers1/9/2018

After the success of the state's Family Caregiver Support Program, the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services received a demonstration grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand support services in Kitsap County for individuals and caregivers.

The grant allows for the creation of new programs that will preserve and promote choices for long-term care support services; family support for the well-being of those caring for loved ones; and allow for the delay or avoidance of the need for more intensive Medicaid-funded, long-term support services, when possible.

In addition to the local Family Caregiver Support Program, there are new, expanded services for those in Kitsap who do not live in a residential facility. No copayment is required for the services and the programs do not impose estate recovery. There are higher income and asset limits for eligibility, compared to the traditional Medicaid Long-Term Care program.

The Medicaid Alternative Care program allows people age 55 and older, who need help with activities of daily living and are currently eligible for certain Medicaid programs, to transition to services that support their informal, adult caregiver.

The Tailored Services for Adults program is for people age 55 and older, not currently eligible for Medicaid, who need help with activities of daily living. The program can either support someone's informal, adult caregiver or provide services directly to an individual without a caregiver.  

Contact the Kitsap County Aging and Long-Term Care office at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418 to learn more about eligibility requirements, benefits available, and the application process, or stop by local offices of the Kitsap County Aging & Long-Term Care in the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave. Suite 105, Port Orchard, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or the Caregiver Support Center, 9857 Silverdale Way, Silverdale, open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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