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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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.
2019 Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan
Following a public comment period and public hearing the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved the 2020 funding recommendations at their regular meeting on October 28, 2019. Visit the
Coordinated Grant Application Process page for more information.
The 2018 Annual Report 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.
2018 Housing & Homelessness Division Annual Report
Additionally the following reports have been recently released or updated.
2019 Kitsap County Point-in-Time Count Overview - Certified
2019 Kitsap County Point-in-Time Count - Jail Survey
2019 Kitsap Homeless Response System Dashboard - 1st Quarter
2019 Kitsap Homeless Response System Dashboard - 2nd Quarter
2019 Housing Solutions Center Quick Facts - Q1
2019 Housing Solutions Center Quick Facts - Q2
2019 Geographic Data Summaries (updated 7/2019)
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.
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.
Housing First from Kitsap County on Vimeo.
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 Resources1201 Park Ave, Bremerton WA, 98337(360) 473-2035
(Serving ages 13-25)837 4th St, Bremerton WA, 98337(360) 377-5560
Port Orchard - Kitsap Community Resources3200 SE Rainshadow Ct, Port Orchard WA, 98366(360) 473-2146
North Kitsap Fishline19705 Viking Ave NW, Poulsbo WA, 98370(360) 801-2564
Bainbridge Island Helpline House282 Knechtel Way NE, Bainbridge Island WA, 98110(360) 801-2564
Lists of available community resources
Kirsten Jewell, Division Manager 360-337-7286 or
Cory Derenburger, Program Specialist 360-337-7287 or
Doug Washburn, Director Department of Human Services