Housing and Homelessness Division

Kitsap County Human Services Housing and Homelessness Division supports a crisis response system in which the experience of homelessness is rare, brief and one-time. Our funding comes from federal, state and local sources.

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2020 Coordinated Grant Cycle

Grant cycle opportunities are now available - visit the Coordinated Grant Application Process page for more information.

Building Skills in Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

A workshop in Motivational Interviewing will be provided June 13th by Ken Kraybill, MSW.  This workshop is for anyone that provides services to people experiencing homelessness, including leaders, managers, staff, and volunteers.  This training will teach participants: four elements of the mindset and heart-set of MI; the 4 processes which guide motivational conversations; provide examples of core interviewing skills; demonstrate how to elicit change talk; and describe how to provide effective information and suggestions.  See the flyer below for more information. 

Registration in advance is required at http://tiny.cc/MI-June13th, please note that priority will be given to staff who work with people experiencing homelessness.

Download the .pdf flyer here

New Homelessness Summaries Available

Recent updates to Kitsap County Homelessness Reports have been made available. These reports contain information related to the 2019 Point-in-Time Count and 2018 Annual reports.

New 2018 Washington State Landlord Laws

Effective September 30th, 2018 Washington State makes it illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants based on their sources of income to pay the rent. Sources of income include any state, federal, and local benefits such as social security, TANF, veterans benefits, rental subsidies such as section 8, HEN, or ABD, and short-term rental assistance.

In addition to the new Source of Income Discrimination law there has been a Landlord Mitigation Program introduced to provide landlords with incentives and additional security to work with tenants receiving rental assistance.

Learn more about the new law and the mitigation fund in the Source of Income Discrimination and Landlord Mitigation Program brochure.

Youth Housing Stability Model

Over the past nine months, the Housing and Homelessness Division and the Kitsap County Juvenile and Family Court Services Department have jointly convened a work group on Youth Homelessness, with an initial focus on justice-involved youth.

As part of this work, the group participated in a research project by the University of Washington’s Study and Advancement of Justice Effectiveness Center (SAJE Center), funded through grants from the Raikes Foundation and the Block-Leavitt Foundation. The project focused on identifying a court-based strategy for preventing and addressing youth homelessness for juvenile courts. Kitsap was one of two counties selected for the research project; Snohomish County was the other one.

Select the link to download the report:
Report of a Research to Practice Partnership to Develop the Youth Housing Stability Model for Juvenile Courts

The next steps for the work group include submitting an application for funding to begin implementing the model that was developed in collaboration with the SAJE Center.

The Kitsap Youth Homelessness Work Group consists of representatives from various organizations and agencies that work with youth experiencing homelessness. Any additional interested organizations are welcome to participate.

2018 Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan

Housing First from Kitsap County on Vimeo.

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If you are homeless...

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.

By phone: 360-473-2035

In Person: 1201 Park Ave, Bremerton WA, 98337


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Contact Us

   Kirsten Jewell, Program Coordinator
   360-337-7286 or kjewell@co.kitsap.wa.us

   Cory Derenburger, Program Specialist
   360-337-7287 or cderenbu@co.kitsap.wa.us

   Doug Washburn, 
   Director Department of Human Services

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