Project Updates

We are having an informational public forum! 

We are excited to continue our efforts in community engagement! Please join us for our an informative presentation, discussion and Q&A!

When: Wednesday February 19th, 7pm.
Where: The sanctuary of Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501.

We are so excited to announce the first 
installment of our video series!! 
This will be a great tool for community outreach, engagement and education. It includes local music and interviews with the program development team, downtown business owners, city and county staff and County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela. Please share! 
Thanks so much to everyone that made this possible!

The People’s House to explore favorable 
downtown location!

The People’s House is considering the Historic Olympia Steam Plant building at 113 Thurston Ave. N.E. as a potential site.  This location would be ideal for us, given its proximity to transit and other services. We are working with the landlord, talking with neighbors and contacting the city to move this discussion forward. We have submitted a letter of intent and are in the initial stages of discussion regarding this location. There will be an upcoming public forum and formal public hearing process through the city of Olympia’s conditional use permit process.  We are dedicated to public process and addressing community concerns. 

We are committed to doing everything we can to be a positive addition to the community and neighborhood. We would appreciate hearing 
your concerns, and especially, your thoughts on how we might be a 
positive force for change in downtown Olympia.

Volunteer for the Interfaith Works 
women's shelter at First Christian Church!

We have a number of open volunteer shifts at the Women's shelter coming up in February. Check out the dates below! Thank you for engaging in this vital program! Together we can transform our community!

January 31st-February 7th--Two overnight hosts (one female) each night.
February 8th-12th, 14th-27th--Two overnight hosts (one female) each night.
February 7th-10th, 12th-17th, 19th-24th, 26th-27th--one greeter needed each night. 

Also... We have another volunteer training 
coming up!! 

When: Monday February 3rd, 2014, 6:30pm. 
Where: The Drexel House: 604 Devoe St. SE on the Eastside of Olympia.
The training should take about an hour and a half and we will have snacks and beverages provided! We will be going over shelter basics, emergency protocol, mental health first aid tips, active listening tips and have a "day in the life" presentation with a couple women that have stayed at the shelter. Please mark your calendars. We would love to have you there. 

Please contact the Shelter Coordinator, Meg Martin by email at to get more information about volunteer roles!! We can't do this without you! You can volunteer as much or as little as you want. Even one shift is a HUGE help!! 

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PUBLIC FORUM!! Monday September 16th 7-9pm
Knox Auditorium 1113 Legion Way SE
Come learn more about The People's House shelter program and participate in a Q&A period! 

Advocate for The People's House!!

Monday Aug. 12, Tuesday Aug. 13th, 2013

Monday 8/12 11am-1pm Thurston County HOME consortium meeting: Thurston County Public Health & Social Services 412 Lilly Rd. NE, Olympia, WA 98506-5132, Room 107ABC.

Tuesday 8/13 7pm Olympia City Council meeting: City Hall main meeting room! Arrive at 6:15-6:30pm to sign up for the public comment period.

It is exciting times for the shelter project as we are in the midst of public process and community change!! True transformation and community change does not come without growing pains and difference of opinions. We all come to conversations with generations of experiences and values and it is so important that all voices be represented. 

You have an opportunity to have your voice be represented in the coming week! Attending the Thurston County HOME consortium meeting Aug. 12th 11-1pm and the public comment period at the Olympia city council meeting this coming Tuesday August 13th 7pm are both great opportunities to exercise your rights as citizens to advocate for The People's House shelter project. It is likely that a group of people in opposition to the project will be expressing their concern and it would be a huge help if we had support from you all in this discussion. We hope to remind the City council of the great need for a managed solution to the issues facing our community and that The People's House is a vital step in that direction. We must also talk about the necessity of acting quickly on the siting of this project in a location in proximity to downtown Olympia because otherwise we will be suffering a huge lack of shelter when the rain comes if we do not. This is an urgent matter for our community and I encourage you all to get out there and speak up because your voice is so important!

I do not know all of your personal situations but I imagine that you all have diverse life experiences as parents, students, children, faith community members and clergy, professionals, social service professionals, food service providers, downtown business owners, members of the LGBTQQIA community and many more. We need to hear your voices about the importance of this project and the positive change it could make in your various circles and for our community as a whole. 

Meg Martin

*** You’re Invited! ***

What: A public forum about
The People’s House Shelter Project

Please join us for an informative presentation and discussion about the proposed shelter project and the ways in which it will affect our community. We welcome and encourage all viewpoints and must have diverse input in order to be successful.
When: Wednesday August 7th, 6-8pm

Where: The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW

For more details regarding the forum please call Meg Martin at 360-545-3176 or email

****June 29th, 2013*****

We recently submitted our proposal for funding from Thurston County! We worked so hard on it and feel really proud of what was drafted! Until I can figure out how to get it up on this pesky website, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE email and I will send you the draft. Particularly the "Narratives" section is helpful for understanding the in's and out's of our vision for sheltering. Thanks so much for all your support!


Parking Business Improvement Area (PBIA) PRESENTATION THURSDAY JUNE 13, 6PM @ CITY HALL!!!

It is a public meeting so come show your support and learn more about what we are doing!! Everyone's participation is very important in this process!!


posted 01/01/2013

FACEBOOK EVENT HERE: WHEN: Monday May 13  at 5pm

WHERE: First Christian Church 701 Franklin St SE Olympia, WA
WHO IS INVITED: Everyone! Especially downtown residents, business workers, social service providers.  

The People's House is hosting a public event for the entire community of Olympia to come and hear about our new homeless shelter and mental health project that is diligently trying to open its doors in downtown Olympia. Please come to learn, express concern, and ask questions. We truly value your input and opinions and we cannot conquer the challenges that face our community in fragmented pockets. We must come together! Now is the time!