Housing and Homelessness News

  
Holiday Donations -Places you can donate to help spread the joy

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

PublishDate: 11/7/2017
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week November 11-19

​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. 

PublishDate: 11/9/2017
Increase in Unsheltered Homeless Reflected in Annual Count

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.

PublishDate: 11/9/2017
Volunteers Needed for the 2018 Point-in-Time Count

2018 POINT-IN-TIME COUNT
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:  

TUESDAY JAN 23rd WEDNESDAY JAN 24th THURSDAY JAN 25th FRIDAY JAN 26th

9am-2pm 
Port Orchard Project Connect

Noon-1pm - Lunch Meals

5pm-7pm - Evening Meals

8am-1pm
Bremerton Project Connect

9am-2pm - Food Banks

Noon-1pm - Lunch Meals

5pm-7pm - Evening Meals

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:

  • 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


PublishDate: 11/30/2017
Project Connect Fair Tuesday January 23rd - South Kitsap
PublishDate: 1/8/2018
Project Connect Fair Wednesday January 24th - Bremerton
PublishDate: 1/8/2018
Project Connect Fair Thursday January 25th - Kingston
PublishDate: 1/8/2018
We need your input! Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey to help update the Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan for 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

PublishDate: 2/15/2018
Public Input Sought on Planning for Homeless Housing

Public input sought on planning for homeless housing2/20/2018

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.

PublishDate: 2/21/2018