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:

  • Approved the Five-Year Homeless Housing Plan in partnership with the local continuum of care to develop strategies to make homelessness rare, brief, and one time in Thurston County
  • Conducted a fair housing assessment   
  • Distributed $6.2 million dollars to 22 nonprofit agencies to support homeless and affordable housing
  • 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
  • Conducted the first rental housing symposium
  • Partnering with the City of Olympia in developing a Homelessness Response Plan
  • Participated and sponsored the regional housing summit in partnership with Thurston Thrives and other local jurisdictions
  • Supported Thurston Thrives affordable housing team in promoting the housing affordability model to incentivize private public partnerships to  develop new affordable housing in Thurston County 
  • Launched and convened the Hazardous Weather Task Force and developed a “Code Blue” plan to save lives, increase sheltering capacity, and coordinate county wide response during inclement weather
  • Expanded the cold weather season to provide more consistent sheltering options for those that are unsheltered during our coldest winter months 
  • Provided emergency funding to local shelter providers, the Community Care Center, and the coordinated entry system
  • Hired a new Homeless Prevention and Affordable Housing Coordinator to coordinate regional efforts to address the homeless and affordable housing crisis
  • Provided Hepatitis-A vaccination clinics to those experiencing homelessness in partnership with the Olympia Free Clinic. 
  • Conducted the annual county wide point in time count for 2019 in partnership with the City of Olympia and over 200 volunteers 
  • 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

360-867-2544

Keylee.marineau@co.thurston.wa.us


Thurston County’s Coordinated Entry Shelter and Housing Hotline:

1-844-628-7343