HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS DIVISION

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Kitsap County has received funding for eviction prevention and utility assistance for renters impacted by COVID-19, who are behind on rent and are at risk of losing their housing.  For more information about these assistance programs, visit the KEPA - Kitsap Eviction Prevention Assistance page​.

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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Learn more about our funding sources


Funding Opportunity for "By and For" Community Organizations Assisting Diverse Populations

  • As part of the new Kitsap Eviction Prevention Assistance (KEPA) Program, Kitsap County has funding available to contract with organizations to perform Outreach & Education and/or Application Assistance for this rental assistance and utilities assistance program to the communities that they serve, such as racial and ethnic minority populations, immigrants and refugees, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities or who are deaf, and Native Americans.  

    Grant applications for organizations are available May 20th at noon until June 3rd at 4pm at https://kcowa.us/kepa-partner. The first round of applications is due 6/3/2022.  Applications will be accepted after this date on a rolling basis until 8/1/2022.

    For more information please see the KEPA Funding Opportunity Info (pdf) document.

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    Download the KEPA Outreach Partners Flyer 7-2022 (pdf)

    Technical Assistance Session

    • Kitsap County Housing & Homelessness Division hosted an optional Technical Assistance session for the upcoming "By and For" Community Organizations Assisting Diverse Populations funding opportunity. View the recording at the following Youtube link, and see the Presentation Slides (pdf) for more information.

    Housing & Homelessness 2020 Annual Report

    The 2020 Annual Report for the Kitsap County Housing & Homelessness Division has been released. This report details how the Housing & Homelessness Division works to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time, accomplishments for the year, how funds are invested, and an overview of the Homeless Crisis Response System performance. In addition this report includes a COVID-19 Pandemic Response update highlighting the changing role and accomplishments of the division during the pandemic.

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    2020 Housing & Homelessness Division Annual Report (pdf)

    2022 Coordinated Grant Application

    Awards Posted

    On Oct 25th, 2021, the Board of Commissioners approved the 2022 funding recommendations for the Affordable Housing Grant Program and the Homeless Housing Grant Program.  The the awards are posted, for more details and to view the awards click here Coordinated Grant Application Process


    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)

    COVID-19 Guidance to Homeless Service Providers

    A webpage dedicated to providing COVID-19 Guidance to Kitsap County providers has been created.  This page is a work in progress and will be updated as additional guidance is established.  Visit the Housing & Homelessness Division COVID-19 Guidance page

    2019 Update to Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan – Plan Approved by Commissioners

    In the 2018 legislative session, Washington lawmakers passed new legislation that directed the Department of Commerce to issue specific guidelines to counties for updates to each county’s homeless housing plan. County plans that respond to these guidelines must be approved by their legislative body no later than December 1, 2019. The Kitsap County Board of County Commissioners approved the 2019 Homeless Crisis Response Plan Update on Nov 25th, 2019.  Kitsap County updated this plan in 2018 with extensive community input. It is already substantially in compliance with the Commerce Guidelines. Because of these factors and the short timeframe to complete an update, the decision was made to make only minor updates to the existing Plan in the Action Plan – Detail Matrix, and to add Appendix D and Appendix E which directly respond to Commerce’s required elements.

    The Housing and Homelessness Division will be working with the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition to implement this strategy plan over the next 3-5 years.

    View the 2019 Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan


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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.

 

Bremerton - Kitsap Community Resources
1201 Park Ave, Bremerton WA, 98337
(360) 473-2035 

Coffee Oasis (Serving ages 13-25)
837 4th St, Bremerton WA, 98337
(360) 377-5560

Port Orchard - Kitsap Community Resources
3200 SE Rainshadow Ct, Port Orchard WA, 98366
(360) 473-2146

North Kitsap Fishline
19705 Viking Ave NW, Poulsbo WA, 98370
(360) 801-2564

Bainbridge Island Helpline House
282 Knechtel Way NE, Bainbridge Island WA, 98110
(360) 801-2564

Lists of available community resources


Contact Us

   Kirsten Jewell, Division Manager
   360-337-7286 or kjewell@kitsap.gov

   Virginia McCaslin, Grants Program Analyst
   360-979-6358 or vmccaslin@kitsap.gov 

   Leah Noldan, Contracts Coordinator
   360-337-7289 or lnoldan@kitsap.gov

   Cory Derenburger, Data and Reports Specialist
   360-337-7287 or cderenbu@kitsap.gov

   Doug Washburn, Director Department of Human Services
   dwashburn@kitsap.gov


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