Garrido to present plan on homelessness to Port Orchard City Council

PORT ORCHARD — A countywide plan to combat homelessness, Homes For All, will be presented by Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido to the Port Orchard City Council at its 6:30 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, July 11.

The program Garrido will present to council members and citizens attending the meeting will describe efforts so far to address homelessness with tiny, affordable cottages.

The Homes For All partnership includes local, city and tribal leaders, as well as service and faith-based organizations that are working to create a so-called “Kitsap Cottages” community.

“These cottages introduce a practical form of housing that is needed in our community,” Garrido said.

Homes For All was created to coordinate efforts responding to local homelessness following the 2016 Point-In-Time Count, which identified 1,733 individuals living unsheltered in Kitsap County.

The 2016 Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan includes goals of making homelessness “rare, brief and a one-time occurrence.” The plan also directs continuous improvements to the local homeless response system while expanding community engagement and partnerships, according to a county news release.

Several tiny cottages were built in May by volunteers in Port Orchard. Donations are being collected to pay for materials to construct additional cottages and to buy furnishings, Garrido said. To volunteer or donate, email homesforall@co.kitsap.wa.us or call 360-337-7287.

More information is available about Homes For All at www.kitsapgov.com/hs/housing/hcc.htm.

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