The Kitsap Sun Reports:
BREMERTON — Kitsap County’s only year-round, overnight homeless shelter could close, at least temporarily, next month.
Kitsap Rescue Mission will be without a space to run its overnight shelter service by Oct. 13 because its current building is not up to fire code, according to an announcement by the nonprofit on Wednesday.
"We just need to find temporary accommodations," said Nancy Olsten, Kitsap Rescue Mission interim executive director.
The Rescue Mission, which has 26 beds, has been operating under a temporary permit during renovations to its building on Sixth Street in downtown Bremerton. But that permit is set to expire because of concerns about fire safety and will not be renewed until the building is brought up to code, according to the announcement.
The Kitsap Rescue Mission has put out a press release stating:
Through Kitsap Rescue Mission, the community takes care of its people experiencing homelessness in several important ways, including meals, clothing, case management, job training and an overnight shelter that sleeps 26.
KRM is the only emergency homeless shelter operating year-round in Kitsap County. The Mission has been operating the overnight shelter services on a temporary permit, due to the renovation that is slowly taking place in the building on 6th Street in Bremerton. That temporary permit is expiring, and due to concern over fire safety, it will not be renewed until the building is brought up to code.
Due to this news, KRM needs to find a place to temporarily relocate the overnight shelter service by October 13th. We will be meeting weekly with the City of Bremerton, which is supporting us in our efforts to bring the shelter up to code for sleeping accommodations. We will have a plan posted soon which will detail what’s needed to reopen the shelter permanently.
The Dayroom will remain open and all services offered during business hours will continue. Case management, the WAV Program, clothing distribution and our offer of welcome and coffee will not be interrupted. Our hours of operation are 9:00am to 11:30am, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
WE HAVE 3 REQUESTS:
First, if you know of a facility that could provide shelter for our 26 guests, please let us know. Places suitable for an indoor overnight shelter must have a sprinkler system and easy access to bathrooms.
Second, if you know of a church that would let us use their parking lot or field to set up a temporary shelter, let us know. The area would be fenced, staffed and have hygiene facilities on site. It’s our understanding that churches can host services such as this, even when the city or county codes don’t allow it otherwise (see RCW 36.01.290).
Third, fundraising. Our ultimate goal is to raise enough funds to purchase and install the sprinkler system and complete the renovations. We won't be able to achieve this without your support. We thank you for your giving and heart to help restore people and families in our community.
Please contact the Executive Director, Nancy Olsten, if you know of an organization that would be willing to explore these options with us. You can reach Nancy at email@example.com.