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HOME OWNERSHIP: If you have questions - please contact the front desk at BHA at 360-479-3694 and ask for Sarah Van Cleve.

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Overview

The Home ownership Program is offered to eligible Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA) voucher holders. The program allows participants to have their housing subsidy applied towards a monthly mortgage payment, after a home is purchased. Residents who wish to join the program must meet certain eligibility requirements and when deemed eligible they are required to attend a home ownership orientation and education course in order to prepare for home ownership. Participants select homes for purchase and secure their own mortgage financing through a lender.

Similarities between renting with BHA and Homeownershiptall attached lamp

  • Residents contribute 30% of their income towards either their monthly rent or a mortgage.
  • BHA uses the same payment standard as used in calculating a housing assistance payment for renting an apartment.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident in “good standing” with no lease violations or outstanding rent payments
  • Must be a first-time homebuyer
  • Must have been working full time, consistently for one year and work equal to or more than 30 hours/week.
  • No minimum income requirement for the elderly (62+) or disabled (head of household or their spouse)
  • Credit scores of 640 or above for mortgage applicants
  • Must have a minimum of $1,000 in savings

Eligible Home must be located within Kitsap County

  • Must be owner occupied
  • Must pass Housing Quality Standards (HQS)

Duration of Mortgage Subsidy

  • 15 year mortgage for working voucher holder
  • 30 years if resident is elderly (62 years or older) or disabled at the time of purchase

The Scholarship for Olympic College is now CLOSED for 2018. 

Thank you for your interest!

Follow this link to see the certificates that are offered and instructions on the application process: https://bremertonhousing.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2jv8e3q6spn

The Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA) is pleased to announce the new partnership with Olympic College offering scholarship opportunities. The partnership is designed to promote opportunities to enrich lives through education, training and personal development. This program is available to any resident living in housing subsidized by BHA and/or Public Housing, including those receiving a Section 8 voucher through Housing Kitsap. The BHA Scholarship is implemented by BHA's Community Connections Team (CCT) located at The Summit at Bay Vista. Resource Coordinators on the CCT provide one on one support to individuals working toward reaching self-sufficiency.
The coordinators will be available to provide additional information and assist residents interested in applying for the
scholarship if they need help with the application process or have questions.


The scholarship recipient is responsible for buying their own paper, pens and other school supplies needed for classes. Contact Information: Carol Zborowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (360-473-0325) Community Resource Coordinator
The Scholarship is now CLOSED for 2018.

THE RESIDENT OPPORTUNITIES AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM (ROSS) 
"Did I hear you say 'OPPORTUNITY'?!!!!"

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ROSS is a resource available to residents of Public Housing. The Service Coordinator, Carol,  will facilitate the coordination of supportive services and other activities designed to help Public Housing residents attain economic and housing self-sufficiency.

Services are available for residents who live in public housing communities that are owned by The Bremerton Housing Authority. Available services include referrals for job training, financial literacy, wellness programs, basic education, career advancement and other
supportive services for long-term economic self-sufficiency.

These services enable participating families to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing sufficiency or, in the case of elderly or disabled residents, help improve living conditions and enable residents to age-in-place.

CURRENTLY WE HAVE: Smart Phone Class EVERY Friday from 11:00 - 12:00 at 550 Russell Road in Bremerton - at
The Pearl Independent Senior Living Center.
CURRENTLY WE HAVE: Basic Computer Class the 2nd & 4th FRIDAY of every month at The Summit Bay Vista 4650 Bay Vista Blvd in the computer lab:
NorthStar Computer Classes taught by Marwan Cameron from Gather Together, Grow Together

This class is open to the PUBLIC and residents alike. We would love to have you join us. If you have questions - Call CAROL at 360-473-0325

Call Carol at 360-473-0325 if you have questions or would like to be connected to some services! 

BARISTA TRAINING PROGRAM

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This 6- to 12-week program emphasizes the basic skills needed to apply for entry level positions in the retail and food service industry. Trainees learn customer service techniques, cash handling, inventory management and the fundamentals of working at a cafe. Under the supervision of the On-the-Job Trainer, trainees work in a fully functional cafe open to the public. Trainees also have access to the computer lab on site where they can receive support in resume building and researching employment opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about the Barista Training Program, please contact Tasha Walton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 360-473-0324.



3 coffee cupsgirl drinking coffeeHere is the application for you to download and print out. Please bring the filled out application to Tasha (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at 4650 Bay Vista Blvd in Bremerton ~ we are in the basement of The Summit Apartments.

Hours of Operation  8:00 - 3:00 Monday through Friday

THE FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM 

Bremerton Housing residents the Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator at 360-473-0328 for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program with Bremerton Housing Authority.

Housing Kitsap residents also call Carol Zborowski at 360-473-0325. 

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The Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a voluntary work-based program designed to enable eligible families to increase their earned income. This allows families to become more economically self-sufficient and less dependent on various forms of assistance, including rental subsidies. With the support of local agencies, FSS combines case management, education, job training, and ongoing support to aid each family in making positive changes in their lives.

How the Family Self Sufficiency Program Works

The FSS program helps families establish goals and identify barriers which could prevent achievement of those goals. Once the goals are defined, the family executes a FSS Contract of Participation with the Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA). The term of this contract is typically 5 years, specifies the rights and responsibilities of both parties, and includes an individualized plan that defines the goals, as well as the action steps, services and resources the family needs to meet those goals. The FSS program then assists the family in achieving those goals by coordinating the resources and services necessary.

FSS Program Resources & Services

In collaboration with local agencies and service providers, the FSS Program addresses a wide variety of family issues through coordination of career counseling, job training, education (high school diploma, GED, college), financial planning and budgeting, legal services, individual and family counseling, parenting skills, and home buyer education.

Benefits of the FSS Program

After a contract is executed, BHA establishes an interest-bearing escrow account for that family. As the family accesses the resources and services available through the program, the desired outcome is that the family’s earned income will increase. Any increases in the family’s rent as a result of increased earned income during the family’s participation in the program result in a credit to the family’s escrow account. Once a family graduates from the program, they may access the escrow account and use it for any purpose - including home ownership.

FSS Program Eligibility

Anyone 18 years of age or older and currently receiving a Bremerton Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) is eligible to participate in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Housing Kitsap Voucher holders are also eligible and if you would like to contact Carol Zborowski at 360-473-0325 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. then an appointment will be set up to review the program.

Enrolling in the FSS Program

BHA Housing Specialists can refer participants to the program, or participants can contact Carol Zborowski directly at 360-473-0325 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Bremerton Housing Authority
600 Park Avenue
Bremerton, WA  98337

Lobby Hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri
Closed Wednesdays and holidays

 

Main Number: 360-479-3694
Inclement Weather Hotline: 360-616-7199
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