Your donation of any amount is greatly appreciated, and tax deductible. You can make a donation via Credit or Debit Card, or PayPal acct via the DONATE button. The DONATE button also allows for automatic monthly donations, which are especially helpful for our program planning.
Or you can make a check payable to “Kitsap Homes of Compassion”,
and mail it to:
Kitsap Homes of Compassion
7721 Beacon Place NE, Unit 101,
Bremerton, WA 98311
Kitsap Homes of Compassion (KHOC) is a tax-deductible IRS 501c3 non-profit organization. While the monthly fees paid by the participating men and women living in the homes pay almost 100% of the monthly cost of renting a house and paying the utilities, there still are costs that are not covered by their participation fee.
For example, when a room is vacant after a house is leased by KHOC (while waiting for new homeless to be screened by KCR/KHOC, and there are empty rooms), or in between residents, then KHOC must pay those costs to hold the room vacant from donations. That one-time cost averages $300 per participant.
Also, there are some insurance costs that are not fully covered by the residents’ fees. The residents’ monthly fee is intentionally made affordable, below fair-market rates for a comparable room, in order that seniors living on the minimum social security payment can afford to live in the house.
Also the one-time security deposit required to be paid by KHOC in advance to lease a home (and last month’s rent in some situations) is not fully covered by the refundable security deposit collected from the participants. And third, we must prepay the first month rent. So the total one-time cost needed to create a permanent affordable home for 1 person is approximately $1,000, or for a 5 bedroom house, $5,000. (Of course, compared with cost of constructing a new 5-plex building, this cost is minuscule.) We must receive donations to cover this one-time cost for every home we start.
Also, administratively, the KHOC organization must pay a bookkeeper and there is a need for some paid administrative staff.
Now we are raising funds to hire an office administrative staff person so that KHOC can continue opening more homes.
Thank you for your consideration of joining our support team.
Can you help us financially to keep KHOC’s services to Kitsap growing? Together we can put an end to unnecessary homelessness in Kitsap County for the most vulnerable of our society.
Grants from KCR to homeless individuals have helped many with their first month’s program fee and refundable security deposit, but that does not help the one-time cost shortfall of $5,000 per house to start a new house; or the shortfall for KHOC’s office staff. KCR is not able to help KHOC financially to start new homes – we rely on donors.
Your donations will allow us to expand our housing service to more homeless and open additional houses.
Thank you for your donations and for passing the word along!
(Over 95% of KHOC staff are volunteers. All donated funds go to the direct costs of this program, after to 2.2% fee paid to PayPal if donated via their site. Over 98% of all donations directly go to KHOC’s program costs. Since almost all staff are volunteers, less than 2% of our total costs are for administration or fundraising expenses).