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Persons living without homes

Homeless Assistance

We welcome anyone in need.  Helpline House can offer help assistance Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, except Weekends. 

Before providing warmth, confidence, and care, familiarize yourself with the Kitsap Homeless Resource Guide and more information below. Be prepared before speaking with a homeless person to ask: How are you doing? There’s a food pantry and social services on Knechtel Way, and their porch pantry is open 24/7. That might be a great gift to them in itself. However, they may be passing through and are unaware that there is a resource only a few blocks away. 


If they say they aren’t interested, don’t push them. Unhoused people may have struggled with homelessness for some time and have had negative experiences in shelters; they may prefer to be out in the open. No matter what the reply, keep the interaction upbeat and respectful.


Always think about safety first. Never offer rides in your car to someone you don’t know, and never stand with anyone in a poorly lit place. If you feel unsafe, don’t worry about being rude. Just leave the situation. Your safety is a top priority.

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Mental Health Providers Connecting with homeless

Kitsap Sun article by Kai Uyehara
Read here.

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Kitsap Project Connect is a series of annual services and information resource fairs that bring together local organizations who serve low-income and homeless individuals and families in need. These events are hosted in coordination with the Kitsap Point-in-Time (PIT) Count to ensure everyone who is unhoused is counted accurately for reporting to the state to receive additional funding throughout the year.

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Read the

City Of Bainbridge Island Proclamation

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Food Assistance

Kitsap Resource Guide

At Helpline House

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Free meals in North Kitsap County

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Free Meals in Kitsap County

Download PDF


Dial 911 to request a well-fare check for concerns about a homeless person. Officers are knowledgeable and equipped to provide support.

The Bainbridge Island Police Department carries "Kitchenless Bags" with ready-to-eat foods, assembled by Helpline House volunteers, to provide support to homeless persons. These bags also contain helpful information on how to access essential services. Community members can assist by calling 911 for a welfare check and sharing information about local services. Remember to prioritize your safety and never offer rides or stand in poorly lit areas.

Warming Shelters Nearby


In the event of a power outage during cold weather, the City of Bainbridge Island may activate the Senior Center as a Warming Center. Learn more at BISCC...






To receive BISCC warming center notifications,  sign up for text alerts through the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) by texting 98110 to 888-777.

Severe Weather Shelters
Text Notifications

To receive Kitsap Department of Emergency Management Severe Weather Shelter Notifications, text KITSAPSWS to 898-211


The severe weather shelters serve all citizens in our area who require safe overnight refuge when hazardous weather conditions are expected. Further activation will be weather and volunteer dependent.

Severe Weather Shelters provide safe and warm beds in Poulsbo, Kingston, Silverdale, and Port Orchard during severe weather events Nov 1 - Mar 31.

Call 211 or text*


to 898-211



Nearby Shelters Click Map


Guests will not be permitted to check into the shelter after 9 PM. If no guests have checked into a shelter location by 9 PM, that location will close for the evening.

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Kitchenless bags, coffee/tea, instant soups, fruits and veggies


Tents, blankets, backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads



Socks, gloves, hats, coats

Hygiene Products




Feminine Hygiene Products

Long Term Planning

Cost free case management

Transportation Assistance

Request assistance at the front desk

  • Front Porch Pantry is Always Open

  • Drinking-Water

  • Kitchenless Kits

  • Toiletry Kits

  • Telephone

  • On-call Social Workers

Most Needed Items

Adult Socks

Adult Gloves

Adult Jackets


Sleeping Pads

Gateway Fellowship Day Room & Meals

7 Days a week support resource related to COVID-19 response
18901 8th Ave NE
Poulsbo, WA

Silverdale United Methodist Church
9982 Silverdale Way
Silverdale, WA



Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Rd NE
Kingston, WA
(Open from 6:30 PM til 6:30 AM)

Port Orchard United Methodist Church

725 Kitsap StPort Orchard, WA


Helpline House Food Bank and Social Services of Bainbridge Island

Helpline House has a policy of non-discrimination regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual preference, age, disability or veteran’s status, and is in compliance with all requirements of law and regulations with respect to employment, volunteer participation or service delivery. 


282 Knechtel Way NE

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Business Hours

Weekdays 9 AM - 5 PM

Food Bank Hours

Weekdays (except Wed.)

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


(206) 842.7621



(206) 842-9867

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