YWCA of Kitsap recognized and awarded grant

YWCA of Kitsap received a leadership award for its Housing First project from WSCADV - Washington State Coalition

Against Domestic Violence. This leadership award was presented to YWCA of Kitsap for the critical role in the inaugural Domestic

Violence Housing First Cohort 2009 – 2012.



YWCA of Kitsap, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and

WSCADV, was awarded a grant for the HOME Plus Housing Program, which helps families access and maintain permanent 

housing through financial assistance and advocacy.


"Congratulations to YWCA of Kitsap for your ground breaking role with the inaugural DV Housing First Cohort. YWCA demonstrated leadership through its respectful approach with survivors. Advocates encouraged survivor self-determination, empowering each survivor to seek and secure safe, stable housing." Linda Olsen, MA, MSW WSCADV

Since the program's inception in 2009, 36 families from the Kitsap community have achieved access permanent housing.


“The YWCA of Kitsap County is tremendously pleased to receive an award from the WSCADV.” Linda Joyce said today. “Myself, along with Oletha Carter-James, Board Vice President, Jackie Brown, ALIVE Shelter Director, and the HomePlus Project staff, Cassy Israel and Alisa Erhardt in attendance at the meeting, were humbled by the acknowledgement of the WSCADV and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the YWCA’s work on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and their children.  It is an honor that is greatly appreciated by our organization” said Linda K. Joyce, Executive Director.

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