Kitsap Homes of Compassion
Established in 2017, Kitsap Homes of Compassion, a 501c3 non-profit,
was created to help end the problem of homelessness in Kitsap County by using existing homes to provide safe and affordable permanent supportive housing.
Kitsap Homes of Compassion offers Housing Support Services to help people find safe and stable housing, in or out of KHOC’s Housing Program.
We believe that quick and stable permanent housing gives people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity a chance to have better quality of life and health outcomes.
Established in 2017, Kitsap Homes of Compassion has developed a unique, innovative approach to eliminating homelessness in Kitsap County, Washington. Kitsap Homes of Compassion leases existing 3-5 bedroom homes and creates affordable shared housing with private and shared bedrooms and common areas of the house.
Our goal is to create deeply affordable, long-term, supportive housing for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness including people with disabilities and/or mental health issues, young adults, mothers with young children, seniors, and veterans.
Kitsap Homes of Compassion now provides Housing Support Services through a Housing First grant from the Washington Health Care Authority and Washington state’s Foundational Community Supports program. These services connect eligible program participants to resources to help find and maintain stable housing.
25 Shared Homes currently in operation (100 bedrooms) in Kitsap County
Housing Support Case Management Program
The Housing Support Case Management Program is intended to help folks experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity attain safe and stable housing. This program operates under a harm reduction lens to better support our unhoused and housing unstable neighbors in the county. Through connections to other community resources, Case Managers (Housing Specialists, Housing Navigators, and Peer Support Counselors) work alongside community members in need to achieve self-identified goals.
Once eligibility is established, Case Managers can assist in breaking down barriers and flattening speed bumps that get in the way of finding safe and stable housing. Kitsap Homes of Compassion supports other organizations providing services in the community. KHOC supplements these community resources with services including paying for back rent, application fees, transportation to services, survival gear, harm reduction supplies, and move-in items. The program also provides training possibilities for the residents to learn more about personal finance and budgeting, skills needed for employment and/or for education, conflict resolution skills, and more.
To be eligible for the Housing First program, folks must be homeless or housing unstable, make below 50% of Kitsap County’s median income (approx. $40,000), and have a mental health need and/or past or present use of substances (including alcohol, cannabis, illegal drugs, etc.). To be eligible for the Foundational Community Supports program, individuals must be experiencing chronic homelessness, be dependent on institutional care or residential care/treatment settings, be an in-home care recipient with complex needs, or be at high risk for expensive care and negative outcomes.
Through our Affordable Home Program people have been able to apply for our homes through our website or Kitsap Community Services’ Housing Solutions Center. We specialize in helping to house people with disabilities experiencing homelessness that have SSI, SSDI, or Section 8 housing vouchers.
Residents also have the support of a Kitsap Homes of Compassion (KHOC) House Manager. The qualified and trained house manager meets regularly with the residents in their home, as a group, to help them work together as a house and as a team. KHOC Housing Navigators are available to residents to assist on an individual basis to not only survive, but to thrive and enjoy a full and fulfilling life. This is one of the differences that make it “supportive housing” and not just housing. Shared house living also provides companionship from other housemates, reducing loneliness, which a major challenge many people face.
KHOC offers three levels of housing with different amounts of provided support to meet the varying needs of individuals. One of these types of homes is for Low Wage Earners, or folks who make a low income but cannot afford rent by themselves. Regarding alcohol use, KHOC operates two types of homes. One type of home is a “zero tolerance” home where all alcohol and cannabis is strictly prohibited anywhere in the home. The second, lower barrier home type is where alcohol can be consumed in moderation in private rooms but is not allowed in common areas of the home (and being intoxicated in common areas of the home is prohibited).
Yes, being homeless is traumatic. It is traumatic to the homeless individual and it can be traumatic to their family members, their children, and relatives. Communities bear a significant financial burden when our neighbors remain unhoused. But there is hope! With help and support, people’s mental and physical conditions can improve. A supportive environment that brings positive change is possible. You and I, us together- we can bring change to our community.
We embrace people of every race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or age. Any discrimination is illegal and will not be tolerated.
(For the safety and privacy of the participants, the location of the homes and participant names are kept confidential)
Contact us at 360-245-0385 or Admin@KitsapHOC.org
Email applications to: Apply@KitsapHOC.org
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