More than 80 former service members have been housed since
the program started, but more needs to be done to meet the Veterans
Day deadline, according to a county news release.
In an effort to find more potential homes for veterans, Kitsap Community Resources will host an
information fair for landlords next week. The fair is
scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon July 22 at 1201 Park Street in
The event will include information on fair housing laws,
housing subsidies, tenant programs that support veterans, and
how to participate in ending veteran homelessness.
“Landlords are key partners in providing rental units for
veterans who are being supported by agencies that provide
counseling, job search and financial assistance,” Bremerton Mayor
Patty Lent said in the news release.
A survey conducted by Homes for All Who Served in the fall of
2015 found 45 veterans living outside. Nearly all of those veterans
have either been housed, are in the process of securing housing, or
are unable to be contacted, according to the news release. Another
survey will be conducted this month.
Landlords and property owners interested in the Homes for All
Who Served project may contact Jackie Fojtik at the Housing
Solutions Center, (360) 473-2035.
Newlife’s plans promise to enliven a drab, boxy building.
Inside, the ground floor of the former cinema will be roughly
divided in half, with one side will be dedicated to
a 4,800-square-foot auditorium. The other side will be
converted to classroom and office space.
Upstairs will be an area for kids, and a
community conference room with large windows to allow
views in and out.
A main entrance will face south, toward the YMCA.
Newlife will hold three open houses at the building in
April to give visitors a feel for the existing building and what
the church has planned.
“We want people to get a sense of what it could
become, and share our vision for that space,” Mark Middleton with
The open houses are scheduled from 7-9
p.m. April 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16, and 2-5 p.m. April 17.
Tours will be given.
The property is located at 9923 Poplars Ave. in
Each year Kitsap
Community Foundation solicits grant requests, and each year it
receives far more proposals than it can afford to fund.
To help bring exposure, and potentially dollars, to these local
causes, the foundation has posted 50 grant
applications on its website for the public to view. Donors are
invited to contribute to the campaigns of their choice.
The proposals span all
nonprofit fields, from arts and culture, to human services,
health, the environment and education.
“Our mission is to connect people who care to causes
that matter,” foundation Executive Director Kol
Medina said in a news release.“By posting these grant
applications online and encouraging the public to help fund them,
we are directly completing our mission.”
Medina said the foundation received requests totaling
$226,000, more than double the amount the foundation will be able
to fund through its endowment.
Grant application summaries will be showcased on the
foundation’s website through April 6. You can view the
applications here, along with instructions for
You don’t need to be an AARP member or have an accounting degree
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Here’s the full notice:
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