Housing and Homelessness News

Volunteers Needed! Severe Weather Shelter Volunteer Training Oct 18th and 23rd10/5/2018

​This training course is required for all NEW Severe Weather Shelter Volunteers. The training covers shelter operations, safety and security.

Thursday October 18th, 6pm-9pm

Port Orchard United Methodist Church
725 Kitsap St, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Tuesday October 23rd, 6pm-9pm

Gateway Fellowship
18901 8th Ave, Poulsbo, WA 98370

Current volunteers are not required to attend the training but may join for a refresher.

Space is limited. Please RSVP at https://tiny.cc/SWS-Training In additional to a training, prospective volunteers must fill out a volunteer application and pass a background check. Register to volunteer at http://www.kitsapdem.org/sws.aspx

Download the full flyer here

Coping with homelessness on Bainbridge and in Kitsap County9/19/2018

In this 45-minute podcast, ​Bainbridge Community Brodcasting host Christina Hulet talks with Kirsten Jewell, Kitsap County’s Housing and Homelessness Program Division Coordinator, and Maria Metzler, Executive Director of Helpline House, about local statistics, challenges, services and misconceptions around homelessness.

Listen to the podcast at https://www.bestofbcb.org/cafe-075-homelessness-in-bainbridge-and-kitsap/
2018 2nd Quarter Performance Dashboard Report Posted9/19/2018
2017 Grant Reports are now available9/19/2018

​The following reports are now available:

2017 Annual Housing and Homeless Housing Grant
2017 Affordable Housing Grant Program Report

These Reports include details about how these grant funds are expended, how many households and individuals are helped, and how these funds help to meet the Kitsap County Crisis Response and Housing Plan goals.

Learn how tiny cabins can serve as a response to county's homeless crisis 8/2/2018

​Across the country, villages of tiny cabins are being constructed as part of strategies to develop transitional, emergency or temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Kitsap County's Homes for All coalition has scheduled meetings for community members to learn more about how tiny cabin villages can fit into larger housing and homelessness plans. The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 15, Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave., Port Orchard
  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, Norm Dicks Center, 345 6th Street, Bremerton
  • Thursday, Sept. 27, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive NE, Bainbridge Island

In response to the homeless crisis in Kitsap County, Homes for All, a countywide leadership coalition of local agencies, businesses, faith-based and community organizations, was created to develop strategies for an efficient and effective homeless response system. Representatives from some of the Homes for All partners, including Kitsap Community Resources, Kitsap Rescue Mission, and Kitsap County's Department of Community Development and Human Services Homeless Program, will share information on how tiny cabin villages address goals of the 2018 Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan. A pilot project underway in South Kitsap aims to provide 14 tiny cabins for up to 20 people.

The foundation of Homes for All is that every person should have the opportunity to live in a safe, decent and affordable home. Tiny cabin villages, also known as 'livability community projects,' can serve as transitional, emergency or temporary housing and offer case management and care services for residents. The villages are built through community partnerships and provide interim shelter until permanent housing is obtained.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these community meetings. There will be opportunities to ask questions and learn about available resources.

For more information on the meeting locations, contact Sue Hughes of the Kitsap County League of Women Voters at suhughes111@comcast.net. To learn more about Homes for All, click here.

2018 Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan Approved6/6/2018

The Kitsap County Board of County Commissioners approved the 2018 Homeless Crisis Response Plan on May 23rd, 2018.  The plan includes input from many elected officials, community members, social service providers, housing providers, and from people experiencing homelessness.

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 2018 Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan 

Public Input Sought on Planning for Homeless Housing2/21/2018

The Kitsap County Housing and Homelessness Division and the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition are updating the Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan for 2018.  There are several ways community members can provide input.

All Kitsap residents and service providers are encouraged to take a brief Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan Update Survey (click on the link or go to http://tiny.cc/KitsapHHP2018) about what kinds of homeless housing solutions should be the focus during the next several years.  More than one person per organization or household may submit a survey.  The deadline for submitting surveys is Friday, March 2. As a point of reference, the current Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan, updated in 2016, is available here.

Kitsap residents and service providers are also invited to participate in a community meeting on the homeless housing plan update from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 12 in the council chambers of the Norm Dicks Government Center, 235 6th St., Bremerton. Information will be provided about homelessness in Kitsap County, including a progress report on the current plan and opportunities to have questions answered and provide input on what to include in the 2018 update.

For more information, contact Kirsten Jewell, Housing and Homelessness Program Coordinator with the Kitsap County Department of Human Services, (360) 337-7286, kjewell@co.kitsap.wa.us or visit the Housing and Homelessness webpage here.

We need your input! Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey to help update the Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan for 20182/15/2018

​The Kitsap County Housing and Homelessness Division and Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition are updating the Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan for 2018.  Please take a few minutes to provide input about what should be included in the Plan.  All community members and service provider staff are welcome to take the brief survey (more than one person per organization or household is okay).   The deadline for submitting surveys is Friday, March 2, 2018.  Thank you – your input is very valuable!

Complete the survey at http://tiny.cc/KitsapHHP2018

Project Connect Fair Thursday January 25th - Kingston1/8/2018
Project Connect Fair Wednesday January 24th - Bremerton1/8/2018
Project Connect Fair Tuesday January 23rd - South Kitsap1/8/2018
Volunteers Needed for the 2018 Point-in-Time Count11/30/2017

Volunteers Needed in YOUR Community


What:  Volunteer in the "Point-In-Time Count" (PiT) to help gather information about homelessness in your community.

  • Help survey individuals at centralized social service locations
  • Help survey individuals where they live/spend time/receive services


When and Where:  


Port Orchard Project Connect

Noon-1pm - Lunch Meals

5pm-7pm - Evening Meals

Bremerton Project Connect

9am-2pm - Food Banks

Noon-1pm - Lunch Meals

5pm-7pm - Evening Meals

Outreach (NK, SK, CK, Brem)

Kingston Project Connect

9am-2pm – Food Banks


Noon-1pm – Lunch

5pm-7pm – Evening Meals

 Who:  Adult volunteers are needed from every community and from all walks of life including:

  • College Studentshands-up
  • Civic/Nonprofit Organizations
  • Service Providers
  • Faith Based Institutions
  • Veterans
  • Business & Neighborhood Groups
  • Current/Formerly Homeless
  • Anyone Who Would Like to Help Alleviate Homelessness
  • Bilingual Individuals


WHY?:  Basic data collected during this annual count informs local, state, and federal funders about the scope of homelessness in our county, and helps channel funding and other resources to local communities to help people exit life on the streets and prevent homelessness.  YOU can make a difference in your neighborhood by volunteering a few hours of your time!

No experience necessary!  Training will be provided!

Please Sign Up Online at http://tiny.cc/PIT2018
or Contact:

Cory Derenburger
Housing & Homelessness Program Specialist
Kitsap County Human Services
cderenbu@co.kitsap.wa.us or (360) 337-7287

Increase in Unsheltered Homeless Reflected in Annual Count11/9/2017

Over 600 people in Kitsap County are homeless, and over 200 of them are living in places not meant for human habitation, according to Kitsap County’s annual “Point in Time Count” survey. The preliminary results show a 14% increase in unsheltered homelessness and 4% overall increase in homelessness over last year’s count.  Collected surveys indicate that during the 24-hour survey period 672 individuals were living homeless in various situations, with 206 living in places not meant for human habitation. The survey also showed 166 people living in emergency shelters (including new two new overnight shelters), and 123 housed in subsidized transitional housing units.  An additional 126 individuals were counted as “doubled up” or “couch surfing” – living temporarily with family and friends.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week November 11-1911/9/2017

​Various activities and events around Kitsap County are planned during this week to raise awareness of our neighbors who are struggling with food insecurity and lack of stable housing. 

Holiday Donations -Places you can donate to help spread the joy11/7/2017

Donations of bus tokens, gently used clothing, gift cards and money can be given to the following organizations who are supporting Kitsap's homeless population;

1. Benedict House Men’s Shelter 250 S. Cambri-an, Bremerton. (360) 277-6136

2. Coffee Oasis Teen Center 822 Burwell, Bremerton. (360) 479-5123

3. StandUp For Kids. (360) 479-2389

4. Helpline House 282 Knechtel Way, Bainbridge Island. (206) 842-7621

5. Housing Solutions Center. The county’s single point of entry system for housing needs (360) 473-2035

6. Kitsap Community Resources 1201 Park Ave., Bremerton. (360) 377-0053

7. Kitsap Recovery Center (360) 337-4625

8. Kitsap Rescue Mission 810 6th St, Bremerton.(360) 373-3428

9. Max Hale Center 285 Fifth St., Bremerton. (360) 792-2117

10. NK Fishline Emergency Services, 787 Liberty Lane NW., Poulsbo (360) 779-5190

11. The Salvation Army 832 Sixth., Bremerton. (360) 373-5550

12. St. Vincent de Paul Assistance Office, 1137 N. Callow, Bremerton.

13. Taking It To The Streets Ministries; call Pastor Art Speight (360) 689-3219

14. Washington Veterans Home, Building 9, 1141 Beach Drive E., Retsil, Port Orchard. (360) 895-4346

15. YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter. Call (360) 479-5118