Who We Are...


SideWalk is the Coordinated entry site for shelter and housing services for homeless, childless adults.  Our mission is to end homelessness through community engagement and coordination of resources.

SideWalk staff and volunteers are available to meet with homeless adults at the Providence Community Care Center located across from the downtown Intercity Transit station at 225 State Ave SE Olympia, WA 98501

SideWalk Hours of Operation -

Mon - Thurs. from 10am - 2pm.


The main entrance to the building is through the outdoor courtyard on State Street.  After signing in to the center at the front door, check in with the SideWalk Greeter at the front desk and they will sign you in and direct you to the Community Room, just past the showers and restrooms. An Intake Advocate will welcome you there and begin the process of coordinated entry and connect you with resources to meet your housing or shelter needs.


Shelter Placement

SideWalk screens for a number of local shelters.  Listed below are those shelter within Coordinated Entry and Non-Coordinated Entry Shelters.


Coordinated Entry Shelters

SideWalk Provides screening for the following shelters during normal business hours Monday – Thursday, 10am-2pm.  The shelter hotline is available 24/7 to receive information and referral to shelter.

Shelter Hotline:  1-844 628-7343

  • The Drexel House Men’s Shelter
  • Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter for Women and Men
  • St. Mikes / Sacred Heart Men’s Winter Shelter (November - March)


Individuals are placed in shelters based on their vulnerability.  Come to SideWalk during normal business hours to take the Vulnerability Assessment or schedule an appointment to be assessed.


Shelters outside Coordinated Entry System

(SideWalk does NOT screen for these Shelters.)

Salvation Army Hans K Lemcke Emergency Lodge for Men & Women

  • 824 5th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501
  • Must meet with case worker between 8:15 - 10:30am M-F.
  • Contact: (360) 352-8596


Community Youth Services - Young Adult Shelter (YAS)

  • Young adults under the age of 24. Opens at 9pm
  • 520 Pear Street SE, Olympia, WA 98501
  • Contact: (360) 943-0780 x 186
  • Opens at 9pm


Family Support Center - Pear Blossom House

  • 837 7th Ave SE, Olympia, WA  98501
  • Call for availability. Contact: 1-844-628-7343


Seasonal Shelters (November - April)

(No Coordinated Entry needed for these Shelters.)

Salvation Army additional beds provided during the cold weather season.  Beds available at 9pm.

Olympia Union Gospel Mission

  • 413 Franklin St NE, Olympia, WA  98501
  • This site provides cold weather beds during the winter season.
  • Opens at 9PM

Community Youth Services - Young Adult Shelter (YAS) additional beds provided for youth during the cold weather season.  Beds available at 9pm.

Family Support Center - Pear Blossom House - additional beds provided for families during the cold weather season.  Beds available at 7pm.  Call for availability 1-844-628-7343.


Housing Services

Participants meet with a CE navigator to assess their current situation and receive guidance on searching for housing opportunities.  Navigation assessments involve listening to clients and their needs, giving referrals to other services, and when appropriate giving clients needed paperwork to take to a perspective landlord.  We see the housing process as a team process: the client finds the housing opportunity and SideWalk assists to solve the funding need.

Every individual comes to us with unique life challenges to be addressed.  Our goal is to assist people in meeting their challenges.


Diversion & Rapid Rehousing

SideWalk's diversion program aims to get participants off the streets as quickly as possible diverting them from the homeless housing system. The diversion program will offer eligible adults incentive funding for a 30 day stay or a rental assistance to get permanently housed.

To be eligible for Diversion, participants:

  • Must be experiencing literal homelessness.
    • (sleeping outdoors, in a car or shelter)
  • Must be homeless, childless adult over the age of 21.
  • Income - Must be less than $1338 per month for one person, or combined income less than $1529 for two people (30% Area Median Income)


SideWalk's Rapid Rehousing (RRH) program is reserved for the most vulnerable adults living without homes in Thurston County. This program is designed to work closely with community partners to identify participants in need and guiding them to find supportive, affordable housing. RRH funds are dedicated to secure housing and provide ongoing financial assistance to assure stability. Partners are mobilized to provide ongoing services to enhance the members quality of life and meet their needs.

To be eligible for the RRH program, participants must meet the criteria listed above AND be determined to be highly vulnerable on the Vulnerability Index - Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT).


Veteran Assistance Program

Our Veteran Assistance Program supports veterans who are experiencing homelessness, regardless of discharge status. We educate and advocate for veterans in order to access the VA system to increase stability.  The Lacey Veteran Services Hub (LVSH) is open Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm.  It is located at 4232 6th Ave. SE, Suite 202, Lacey, WA 98503 in an external building behind the Lacey SPSCC campus.

Homeless Veterans are encouraged to attend the Veteran Housing Options Group (VHOG) at the LVSH on Mondays at 1pm to learn what housing programs are available to Veterans. Providers present their program and then meet with Veterans to screen and determine eligibility.