How KHOC Benefits our Community

2018 Innovative Program Award

Awarded to “Kitsap Homes of Compassion” on Dec. 19, 2018 on behalf of the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition. We received the award for our innovative solution towards ending homelessness in Kitsap County and the creation of the KHOC organization. (Presented by Continuum Committee Chair – Monica Bernhard, Kitsap Mental Health Services and Kirsten Jewell, Kitsap County Housing and Homelessness Program Coordinator)



90% of KHOC residents were previously living in their vehicle or in a tent, from months to years, before moving into a KHOC home, or were previously living in a temporary homeless shelter.


of KHOC program participants
are legally disabled, whether
physically, mentally, or both.

The following statistics are housing outcomes of the first 82 individuals
accepted into our program since September 2018; as of December 31, 2019.


68% were still living in a KHOC house.

13% moved on to better long-term housing.1

14% were terminated from the program due to repeated rule violations.2

5% voluntarily chose to go back to homelessness.3

Thus, 4 out of 5 participants were successfully housed with KHOC’s program!

Note: These statistics represent KHOC participants only. KHOC’s focus is on the chronically homeless, and is not a representative sample set of everyone in Kitsap County who is experiencing homelessness.

Studies have shown that people who are homeless for a short-term (less than a year) often do not have any mental, health, or chemical dependency issues, whereas chronically homeless individuals are much more likely to have one or a combination of these issues.

Nationwide studies have estimated that around 25% of our homeless can be categorized as chronically homeless, and 75% are those who experience one instance of homelessness, for a short term.

HUD’s definition of chronic homelessness is being homeless for over 1 year or having 3 episodes of homelessness in a 3 year period.

1 Moved in with friends/relatives/nursing homes/own apartment/ etc. and used KHOC as safe, transitional housing.
2 Their mental and emotional health was affecting their ability to comply with the terms of KHOC’s agreement; they may benefit from housing with a higher level of care than KHOC can provide.
3 Likely due to the severity of a mental condition.