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Salvation Army has Agreed to Open Overnight Shelter When Kitsap Rescue Mission Shelter Closes on October 13; No Gap in Service to Community’s Homeless
On Wednesday, the Salvation Army in Bremerton announced it would open its doors early as an overnight shelter to serve the area’s homeless on October 13.Mayor Greg Wheeler had discussions with the Salvation Army over the past few weeks about starting up the shelter before the Kitsap Rescue Mission’s temporary occupancy permit expired for its 26-guest shelter on October 13. Salvation Army has agreed to open its shelter as soon as the Kitsap Rescue Mission shelter closes, leaving no gap for homeless to have a warm place to sleep.“I want to thank the Salvation Army leadership for opening their hearts and providing a safe and warm space for our vulnerable homeless population at this time. This shelter will serve an important need in our community as the weather grows colder,” said Mayor Wheeler.Those who stay at the Salvation Army will have direct access to Kitsap Connect, which has a daytime office in the building, and links homeless individuals with resources for housing, food, medical and other critical services.The Kitsap Rescue Mission’s temporary permit is expiring due to a lack of fire suppression for its shelter. The Mission’s daytime office operations are not affected and can continue to operate under its current business occupancy permit.“It’s fallen on the shoulders of Bremerton to provide low-barrier shelter for homeless men, women and children and we need other parts of the county to be part of the solution. In the months ahead, I will be calling attention to this issue with Kitsap County and discussing their proposal to develop a 24-hour homeless shelter with supportive services. I urge our residents to participate and attend public meetings in Bremerton on Tuesday, October 15 and in Poulsbo on Tuesday, October 22 to give input on the proposed Kitsap County shelter,” said Mayor Wheeler.
Public Meetings for Kitsap County Proposed Homeless Shelter
Bremerton 6:30-8:30 PM, Tuesday, October 15 Norm Dicks Government CenterFirst floor meeting chambers 345 6th Street, BremertonPoulsbo6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 22Kitsap Regional LibraryPoulsbo Library Community Room700 NE Lincoln Road, Poulsbo