NEWS AND EVENTS
2021 Coordinated Grant Application
Kitsap County is seeking written public comment June 1, 2020 through June 16, 2020 on the Kitsap County CDBG/HOME Policy Plan. Click here to view the plan and for additional information including how to submit comments.
The 2021 grant cycle will begin soon, click here to see the Schedule. 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home investment Partnership (HOME) funds will be awarded through an RFP and NOFA as detailed in the schedule. Homeless Housing Grant Program Funds and Affordable Housing Grant Program Funds will not be awarded this year. These funds were awarded for a two-year period (2020/2021).
Affordable Housing Report
Kitsap County is pleased to announce the release of the City of Bremerton & Kitsap County Affordable Housing Recommendations Report, March 2020, prepared by ECONorthwest. In response to the affordable housing challenges facing many Kitsap County residents, the County and City of Bremerton partnered to have a study completed to better understand housing affordability issues. The report includes key findings and recommendations to encourage and support the development of more housing to meet residents’ needs. To view the report and appendices click on the links below.
City of Bremerton & Kitsap County Affordable Housing Recommendations Report (pdf)
Technical Appendices:Housing Landscape Overview (pdf)
Housing Inventory (pdf)
Housing Needs Analysis (pdf)
The Block Grant Program is funded through the Federal Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Kitsap County receives an annual allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funds. The amounts are determined by a formula and the federal budget.The purpose of the program is to provide the community with a source of funds to address a wide range of housing and community needs. The funds are used to support agencies, non-profits, and governments in addressing the needs of low-income and special needs households in the community. CDGB funds are primarily used to fund capital and economic development projects, with a smaller portion used to fund public services. HOME funds are used to fund housing projects. The goal is to assist in the development of decent housing, create suitable living environments and expand economic opportunities for low income individuals and families.
Grant funds are awarded annually through a Coordinated Grant Application. For more information on the grant application cycle click on the Application Cycle button on this page. Funding decisions are made through a public process that includes review and recommendation of a Grant Recommendation Committee.
For more information or questions about the Block Grant Program, contact program staff listed below.
Bonnie Tufts, Manager360firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug WashburnDirector, Department of Human Servicesdwashbur@co.kitsap.wa.us
Kitsap County will receive $641,438 of CDBG-CV funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). To stabilize housing for low income households experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 funds have been allocated to Kitsap Community Resources and Housing Kitsap to assist households with emergency short term rental assistance. The funds will be used by each agency to provide short-term rental assistance for a maximum of 3 months, for households currently at or below 80% Area Median Income, affected by COVID-19, and not currently receiving any federal, state, or local housing subsidy.
• Kitsap Community Resources (KCR) will accept applications through the Housing Solutions Center to assist households throughout the county, outside the City of Bremerton city limits, and those not living in Housing Kitsap units. For more information please contact Housing Solutions Center, 360-473-2035, HSC@kcr.org or visit their webpage at www.kcr.org.
• Housing Kitsap will accept applications directly from tenants to assist households currently living in Housing Kitsap units without subsidy. For more information please contact Housing Kitsap, 360-535-6100, HousingKitsap@HousingKitsap.org or visit their webpage at www.housingkitsap.org.
The Bremerton Housing Authority is administrating short-term rental assistance for households in the City of Bremerton. For more information click here