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


Upcoming Project Connect Community Resource Fairs

The Project Connect Community Resource Fairs return again in 2023 in conjunction with the Annual Point-in-Time Count.  These resource fairs are open to anyone in need and include a wide range of services offered in Kitsap county from many non-profit, state, and local service providers.

  • North Kitsap Project Connect - Tuesday Jan 24th, 2023 - 10am-2pm
    Gateway Fellowship Church, 18901 8th Ave NE, Poulsbo WA
  • Bremerton Project Connect - Wednesday Jan 25th, 2023 - 10am-2pm
    The Salvation Army, 832 6th St, Bremerton WA
  • South Kitsap Project Connect - Thursday Jan 26th - 10am-2pm
    Port Orchard United Methodist Church, 725 Kitsap St, Port Orchard

Vendors

If you represent an organization which provides any of the following: Housing and Shelter, Children and Youth Services, Specialized Supports, Health and Wellness, Basic Needs and Quality of Life, you may participate as a vendor at the Project Connect Fair.  To Learn more download the 2023 Project Connect Vendor Memo (pdf), or apply online at  https://forms.gle/61d41V3ZMCsodjxV7

Hygiene Drive

Donated items are being collected at multiple locations to help create hygiene kits for people experiencing homelessness this winter.  Download the Kitsap County Drug Court Alumni Association Hygiene Drive Flyer (jpg) for more information.

2023 Kitsap County Point-in-Time Count Updates

We need YOUR help! Sign-up to participate in the Kitsap County Annual Point-in-Time Count to help gather information about people experiencing homelessness the week of January 24th-27th, 2023.

The Deadline to Reigster is January 16th, 2023!  Sign up today!

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Download the 2023 Kitsap PIT Flyer (pdf)


Housing & Homelessness 2021 Annual Report

The 2021 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.

2021 Housing & Homelessness Division Annual Report (pdf)

Summary of Kitsap County's Homelessness Response Projects - September 2022

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Interested in learning about Kitsap County's ongoing efforts to address the growing homeless and housing crisis? Learn more in the Summary of County's Homelessness Response Projects(updated Sept 2022).


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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