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.
We believe that quick and stable permanent housing gives people previously 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.
26 Shared Homes currently in operation (107 bedrooms) in Kitsap County
How the Program Works
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.
This Affordable Home Program is designed for individuals needing an affordable place to live and are open to living in a shared home. This program works well for those with physical disabilities or mental health issues. Shared house living also provides companionship from other housemates, reducing loneliness, which a major challenge many people face.
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).
The program also provides training possibilities for the residents to learn more about personal finance and budgeting, skills needed for employment, group dynamics, and conflict resolution skills.
Yes, being homeless is traumatic. It is traumatic to the homeless individual and it can be traumatic to their family members, their grown 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)