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


2022 Coordinated Grant Application

Draft Recommendations Posted

Kitsap County has posted 2022 cycle funding recommendations for the Affordable Housing Grant Program (AHGP) and Homeless Housing Grant Program (HHGP) funds. A 15-day written comment period is now open through October 25th. For more details and to view the recommendations click here Coordinated Grant Application Process


Kitsap County ERAP 1.0 - Eviction Rent Assistance Program Summary

The Eviction Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) Grant is part of Washington’ State’s response to the COVID-19 disaster. The first round of ERAP funding (ERAP 1.0) was available September – December 2020. The goal was to prevent evictions that would contribute to homelessness by paying up to a combined total of up to 6 months of past due, current due, and future rent, targeting limited resources to those with the greatest needs while working to distribute funds equitably.

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Read the Kitsap ERAP 1.0 - Eviction Rent Assistance Program Summary for more information about the households assisted and outcomes of this program.

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)

NEW! COVID-19 Guidance to Homeless Service Providers

A wedpage decicated 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@co.kitsap.wa.us

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

   Doug Washburn, 
   Director Department of Human Services
   dwashbur@co.kitsap.wa.us


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