This training course is required for all NEW Severe Weather Shelter Volunteers. The training covers shelter operations, safety and security.
Port Orchard United Methodist Church725 Kitsap St, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Gateway Fellowship18901 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
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.
The 2018 2nd Quarter Kitsap Homeless Response System Performance Report is now available on the Reports and Data page.
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.
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:
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 email@example.com. To learn more about Homes for All, click here.
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.
2018 Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan
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
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
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Housing and Homelessness webpage
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
What: Volunteer in the "Point-In-Time Count" (PiT) to help gather information about homelessness in your community.
When and Where:
9am-2pm Port Orchard Project Connect
Noon-1pm - Lunch Meals
5pm-7pm - Evening Meals
8am-1pm Bremerton Project Connect
9am-2pm - Food Banks
6:30am-noon Outreach (NK, SK, CK, Brem)
9am-2pm 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:
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 DerenburgerHousing & Homelessness Program SpecialistKitsap County Human Servicescderenbu@co.kitsap.wa.us or (360) 337-7287
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
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.
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