Mission

⇒ Our MISSION is to create hope and opportunity for homeless Kitsap County residents by providing affordable, permanent housing and other resources that promote self-sufficiency.

⇒ Our GOAL is to provide stable, supportive housing and opportunity for those in unfortunate circumstances such as poverty, domestic violence, debilitating physical/mental health that resulted in homelessness.

⇒ Our FOCUS, is on the vulnerable category of seniors that are disabled (mentally and/or physically), and single mothers with young children that are facing homelessness.

Kitsap Homes of Compassion also advocates for the creation of more affordable housing inventory of all types. It encourages research into creative approaches to find viable, sustainable, healthy, safe, permanent solutions to housing households with lower income. It also encourages research in best practices for independent living for those with various mental health issues.

Homelessness in Kitsap County has grown to an unacceptable level. Urgent action is needed to be taken to preserve life, especially of our vulnerable, elderly and disabled population. The inhumane conditions of the homeless in our modern, wealthy society demand immediate steps be taken by the citizens of our county to end this unnecessary, meaningless suffering.

KHOC is interested in more than just creating housing. It is creating “family homes” where its participants are “members” of the KHOC family. Each new home creates a “family.”   Members are treated with respect and dignity.  And KHOC’s goal is to create opportunities for activities/field trips as well as part-time employment opportunities. Complete wellness, wholeness, and healthy relationships are our objectives.

Kitsap Homes of Compassion is currently operated by a highly qualified, trained, fully volunteer staff.

KHOC Programs

KHOC has five housing programs, reaching various homeless populations in Kitsap County.

1. Mature Adult Program

This is KHOC’s largest program. This program is for unsheltered homeless single men and women who are at least 40 years old. KHOC has women’s homes and men’s homes.  The average age for this program is around 60 years old.   The average KHOC home/family size is 5 people. KHOC’s goal is to provide licensed mental health professional case managers as house managers, have volunteers to organize field trips/activities, volunteers as companions/advocates, and volunteers to be employment coaches for those seeking employment.  KHOC seeks to network with local physical and mental health services, as well as County occupational/vocational services.

2. Single mother with small child Program

This is KHOC’s program for young, single mothers who have one or two children under the age of 8 y.o., who are facing homelesssness.  Some may be needing a new home due to domestic violence, or it may caused by a health condition, or rejection by family. Whatever the case, KHOC wants to help. KHOC creates “family homes” of up to 5 mothers per home, where everyone can feel like they have a family that cares.  Most mothers work part-time jobs to help support themselves.

3. Houses for U.S. Veterans

KHOC, in partnership with  Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board(VAB), is planning on opening two homes this fall specially for veterans – one for homeless men veterans and one for homeless women veterans. These courageous men and women have risked their lives to protect our freedom, we must step up and partner with them to be successful in life again in their time of need.

4. Olympic College Program 

There are over a hundred Olympic College students who are homeless – for one reason or another.  Starting September 1st, 2019, KHOC, in partnership with Olympic College and Coffee Oasis, has created a program to fill this gap. Coffee Oasis will provide the case management and program management, and KHOC providing the housing.

5. Houses for Kitsap Immigrant Families

All humans have a right to migrate, especially when facing violence and poverty like we see in parts of Central America today. For centuries people from all over the world have come to America to build new lives. Immigrants have strengthened our country and enriched our society. But migrant families in Kitsap County from Central America are having difficult renting homes for their families due to lack of U.S. documentation, while they are applying for asylum.  KHOC, in partnership with the Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) http://kitsapiac.org/, has formed an alliance to fill the gap. KIAC members can find all KHOC’s documents/applications translated into Spanish here.  Everyone deserves a home, including hard working asylum seekers.

KHOC Programs Coming Soon

1. Young Adult Program

Scheduled to start January 2020, this program is identical to “Mature Adult Program” above, except it will be for homeless singles with age range 25 to 50 years old. (Those younger than 25 y.o. are encouraged to talk with Coffee Oasis for services).

2. Adult Couples Program

Scheduled to start January 2020, this program is identical to “Mature Adult Program” above, except it will be for homeless couples without children.

 

KHOC Program Elements

KHOC seeks to make the following elements a part of its housing system. KHOC does not have enough funding or volunteers/human resources/ to see all of these elements currently in its program – but it is our vision and goal for the future:

1. Housing First

Providing a clean, private room with a key locking door, with shared common areas of a single family home, for an affordable monthly price.  For easier living, the cost of utilities are included with the monthly fee. Also included in the fee is WiFi internet, cable TV, and landline house phone – these items help members connect to the larger world, needed for employment, and connection to family and friends. The houses are to be equipped with a shared computer which the members can use to access the internet and training opportunities.

2. Being a “Family” Member

Being a member of  KHOC house means being a part of a household, or family, that  is respectful of one another. It means the end of isolation and being apart of a group. It means working together as a team to complete house chores, allowing for smooth operation of a home.  Developing improved social skills is key to success in life.

3. Computer access and support

The houses are to be equipped with a shared computer which the members can use to access the internet, jobs, and training opportunities. KHOC computer staff and volunteers help provide support and connect KHOC members with County training resources at WorkSource Kitsap.  All homes have high speed internet WiFi.

4. Discovering your Strengths

Everyone has strengths. Some people are not aware of their strengths.  StrengthFinder from Gallup by Don Clifton offers a wonderful assessment to find out your strengths, and KHOC staff will assist KHOC members take the assessment and discover their strengths.  With this information, members will have more information to pursue employment opportunities and/or hobbies, interests and activities. It has been proven that people live happier and more fulfilled lives when they are working in their strengths.  Many people that have physical or mental disabilities have been told negative statements about themselves that are not true. The reality is, everyone has gifts and strengths, areas where they are above-average, and have value input to add to society.

5. Planned Group Activities and Field Trips

KHOC Activity Coordinators (both from House Members themselves and KHOC Volunteers) will provide planned group activities and weekly field trips which members can voluntarily participate. Being involved in group activities are fun, help develop social skills, can provide physically healthy exercise, and are often places of learning.

6. Employment Program

Similar to the Fountain House’s nationally recognized employment program, KHOC would like to provide members – whatever their previous work experience – with job readiness skills, long-term employment acquisition and enables them to regain the confidence and motivation needed to obtain greater economic independence. Helping members find and keep jobs within the larger community is to become a major goal of KHOC.
People living with serious mental illness face extensive challenges to gaining successful, paid employment. To take on these challenges, KHOC would like to offer a variety of employment opportunities for its members to pursue, based on their interests and skills.
What is Transitional Employment and Supported Employment?
Transitional Employment (TE) is a part-time work program that sets members up to work in companies around Kitsap County. This, combined with work that members do within KHOC, gives them the skills and experience they need to find permanent employment.
Supported Employment (SE) is a competitive process in which members contend for jobs at Kitsap County organizations against others that do not face the same challenges. KHOC would like to help its members navigate this process by building relationships with employers and providing member training and support.
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