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Housing, Health and Human Services Department

The Housing, Health and Human Services Department considers matters related to the health and well being of Poulsbo residents, with an emphasis on vulnerable populations. The Department was added to the City in 2020 as a way to strengthen the City’s social safety net and improve services to residents. The Department supports programs and partnerships that address four community needs:

  • Affordable and transitional housing
  • Low barrier behavioral health services (mental health, substance use disorders)
  • Public health and equitable access to health services (much of our work, in 2021, involves COVID response)
  • Services for individuals with low and limited income across age groups, with a focus on our youth and seniors.

The Department does not provide direct social services. It funds, promotes, and enhances the work of other departments, agencies, and nonprofits. It works with partners to understand current and emerging human service needs–and find new opportunities to address them.

The Housing, Health and Human Services Department works with the Poulsbo Police Department to support the Police Navigator program, which pairs police with a behavioral health specialist to follow up to calls involving behavioral health issues. The department also provides project management for the new Poulsbo Fire CARES program, a City/Fire Department initiative providing behavioral health assistance in the field in North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island. More information here. https://www.poulsbofirecares.com/

 

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The Housing, Health and Human Services Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month and the public is always welcome. Meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes here: https://cityofpoulsbo.com/city-council-council-committees/housing-health-human-services/

The Housing, Health and Human Services Department works closely with Kitsap Public Health, the Department of Emergency Management, local providers and local volunteers to help connect Poulsbo residents with COVID 19-related resources. More information on the City’s COVID 19 page here.

Individuals looking for food, employment, rental, and utility assistance are encouraged to call client services at Fishline 360-779-5190. Hot and nutritious meals, served to-go, are available at Gateway Church on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of each month at 11:30 a.m.

Please call Housing, Health and Human Services Director Kim Hendrickson for information about other local agencies, programs, and services. 360-394-9794.

Contact:

Housing, Health and Human Services Department
Director: Kim Hendrickson
200 NE Moe St. – 3rd Floor
Poulsbo, WA 98370

Phone: (360) 394-9794
Email: kimberlyh@cityofpoulsbo.comcreate new email