If you know someone experiencing homelessness in our community, please spread the word that the Kitsap County Department of Human Services is hosting three community resource fairs this week to provide services for anyone in need of assistance - from a hot meal and haircuts to eye exams, flu shots and information about health insurance and housing providers. The events are free.
- South Kitsap: Tuesday, Jan. 22 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Givens Community Center
1026 Sidney Ave, Port Orchard
- Bremerton: Wednesday, Jan. 23 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Salvation Army
832 6th Street, Bremerton
- North Kitsap: Thursday, Jan. 24 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston
As part of the outreach efforts, a group of volunteers will also be participating in a one-day Point-in-Time Count to survey people in our communities experiencing homelessness, including on Bainbridge Island. This survey is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Washington State Department of Commerce to learn more about the situations of people living without a home.
"It helps us get a better sense of where the gaps and needs are and how we can do a better job of providing services to people," said Kirsten Jewell of Kitsap County Department of Human Services.
Volunteers use a standard survey form that asks people where they slept the night before, where their last residence was located, what may have contributed to their loss of housing and what disabilities they may have. It also includes demographic information.
Learn more about the community service fairs and survey here.