Homelessness

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What is Thurston County doing to address homelessness?

On June 14, 2018, the Thurston County Board of Health (BoH) declared homelessness a public health crisis in Thurston County. The declaration was one of the first steps in taking a proactive approach to understanding and addressing homelessness in our region.  

Additional steps the county is taking to address this issue are:

  • Coordinated with the Olympia Free Clinic and other homeless service providers to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to unsheltered individuals and families
  • In 2019, approved the Thurston County Homeless Crisis Response Plan for 2019-2024   
  • Provided rental assistance to military veterans and their families at the Lacey Veteran's Hub 
  • Supported Thurston Thrives Housing Action Team in implementing strategic goals
  • Promoted healthy and safe rental housing through the Healthy Homes program
  • In 2017, the Hazardous Weather Task Force was created and developed a hazardous weather response plan to save lives, increase sheltering capacity, and coordinate county-wide response during inclement weather
  • Expanded the cold weather season and increased funding to provide more consistent sheltering options for those unsheltered during our coldest winter months 
  • Hired a new Homeless Prevention and Affordable Housing Coordinator to coordinate regional efforts to address the homeless and affordable housing crisis
  • Conducted the county-wide point in time count annually since 2006 
  • Providing funding and support to Thurston County’s Coordinated Entry System to assess needs and connect people to available housing, shelter, and other basic needs

​Contact

Keylee Marineau

Homeless Prevention and Affordable Housing Coordinator

360-490-5910

Keylee.marineau@co.thurston.wa.us


Thurston County’s Coordinated Entry Shelter and Housing Hotline:

1-844-628-7343