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News Archive

January 2015

1/27/2015
Homelessness Census a success before numbers known
The Kern County Homelessness Census was a success even before the numbers are in,” said Jim Wheeler, Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) Steering Chair and Executive Director of the Golden Empire Gleaners. While no formal results have been announced, the data collected on more than 1,000 paper surveys is currently being entered into a database for analysis. Results are reported to the US Hou ...more 
 

January 2014

1/22/2014
2013/2014 Draft CoC Consolidated Application
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative is posting the first draft of its FY 2013-2014 HUD Continuum of Care Application for public review and comment, detailing our strategies and goals for addressing homelessness in the next two years. We invite your participation in preparing this plan, and welcome any comments, suggestions or additional information you may have. This document will be submitted ...more 
 
1/14/2014
2013 CoC Project Ranking Results
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative has posted the results from the 2013 CoC HUD funding competition.
 

September 2013

9/6/2013
Muse: Ending Homelessness--'Stories Not Forgotten'
By Louis Medina Homelessness Project Manager and Emergency Food & Shelter Program Administrator United Way of Kern County Award-winning local artist and Kern County Homeless Collaborative friend--and my friend--Nicole Saint-John stopped by my office at United Way of Kernin the middle of the afternoon yesterday. I recently bought a small painting of hers at the Bakersfield
 

August 2013

8/30/2013
KCHC Road Trip: 'Fresh Rescue' in the Desert
By Louis Medina, Homelessness Project Manager and Emergency Food & Shelter Program Administrator, United Way of Kern County Some of the goals and objectives of Home First! Kern County's 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness are: • Closing the front door to homelessness by preventing homelessness whenever possible; • Reducing evictions; • Helping the homeless
 
8/20/2013
Rest in Peace, Home First Client Gloria Tillman
January 10, 1954 – August 15, 2013 Gloria Tillman (or “Miss Gloria,” as she was affectionately known to Kern County Homeless Collaborative members who helped house her through the Home First/100,000 Homes Campaign Project), died Thursday night August 15, after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Cottonwood Road and Cheatham Avenue. She was 59 years old. Miss Glor
 
8/16/2013
Back to School: Homeless Kids' Education Rights
The new school year begins next Monday (8/19/2013) and generous folks throughout our community are on board again with highly publicized back-to-school drives to supply disadvantaged children—including those who are homeless—with much-needed backpacks, books, stationery items, shoes and clothing. But working quietly and mostly unrecognized behind the scenes, in what might be an even m
 
8/16/2013
It's Raining Backpacks! KCHC Partners Overwhelmed
Editor's Note: Bakersfield and Kern Countyare home to a very giving community.If anyone doubts that, please read the below testimonial submitted by one of our Kern County Homeless Collaborative member agencies. By Carolann Wooton, External AffairsManager Bakersfield Homeless Center As you know, this time of year Bakersfield Homeless Center holds its Back-to-School Backpack Drive with KGET to co
 
8/13/2013
ACA: 8/23 Town Hall with Assemblyman Rudy Salas
Affordable health insurance marketplace Covered California, in partnership with Assemblymember Rudy Salas of California's 32nd Assembly District, willhost a Town Hall Meeting from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, August 23,at the East BakersfieldVeterans Hall, to provide information and elicit feedback from community stakeholders on the Affordable Care Act. “Our health care system is undergoing vast
 
8/8/2013
KCHC Presence Strong at 1st DVAC Resource Fair
Several Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC)member agencies made a strong presence at the Kern County Domestic Violence Advisory Council's (DVAC)First Annual Resource Fair today (8/8/13). Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, Community Action Partnership of Kern, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Kern County Mental Health Department, United Way of Kern County and Women's
 
8/7/2013
2013 CoC Funding: KCHC Requests Letters of Intent
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative is now accepting Letters of Intent to Submit an Application for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding through the 2013 Continuum of Care Program. The submission of an LOI is the first step in a competitive, yet collaborative, process wherein an applicant's homeless housing or supportive service projects are first judged locally to det
 
8/6/2013
Affordable Care Act 101 Weekly Webinar Series
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced, through its Affordable Care Act E-mail List Serve, a new webinar seriesto be presented bythe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Small Business Majority. Called the Affordable Care Act 101 Weekly Webinar Series, this educational opportunity will feature SBA representatives talking about key aspects of theAffordable Care
 
8/2/2013
KCHC Road Trip: McFarland Family Resource Center
This new series of web posts called "KCHC Road Trip" aims to highlight the efforts of Kern County Homeless Collaborative rural partners and give all our members and friends throghout Kern useful information to assist with networking and referrals. Today, we highlight the McFarland Family Resource Center.
 
8/1/2013
$607K in HUD Funding for New KCHC Projects
The month of August has begun on a high note for the Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC): The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)todayannounced that $607,446will be awarded to the Bakersfield-Kern Countinuum of Care (CoC)for four new projects to serve our community's homeless and assist in the ongoingplanning and strategic work of the Homeless Collaborative. When added to
 
8/1/2013
HUD New Project Funding Thrills KCHC Leaders
Today's announcement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that four new Bakersfield-Kern Continuum of Care (CoC) projects to assist the homeless will be funded this year to the tune of $607,000, brought joy and relief to the leadership of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) in light of recent goverment cutbacks and changing funding priorities that have made the deliv ...more 
 

July 2013

7/26/2013
Talking About Homelessness ‘En Español’
Spanish Oldies Radio La PreciosaTalk Show Host Laura Arredondo will devote the entire hour of her weekly program, "El Poder de Saber" ("The Power of Knowing"), tomorrow, Saturday, July 27, from 10 to 11 a.m., on KBFP 105.3 FM, to talking about homelessness. Arredondo's guest on the show, which was pre-recorded yesterday (7/25/2013) at the Clear Channel Mediaand Entertain
 
7/26/2013
FB: 'Faces of Homelessness' Reaches 500 'Likes'
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC)Facebook page, Faces of Homelessness (facebook.com/fohkern), has reached a milestone: 500 "Likes" on Facebook. Faces of Homelessness was launched in early 2010, and takes its name from a public service announcement campaigndesigned to erase stigma against homelessness by featuring formerly homeless personswho talk honestlyabout their experie
 
7/18/2013
Quality Housing for Homeless at Each CBH Facility
Corporation for Better Housing (CBH), which currently manages affordable rental properties in 14 California counties from the Inland Empire to the Bay Area, has made a commitment to designate a number of units for the homeless at every one of its facilities.
 
7/17/2013
County Announces $363,000 in Funding for Homeless
The County of Kern Planning and Community Development Department has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of close to $363,000 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant funding for eligible private nonprofit organizations and general units of local government that can deliver select services to the homeless. Eligible activities under this funding o
 
7/16/2013
Kern's Homeless Emergency Preparedness Efforts
Representativesfrom the Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) met with theEmergency Services Manager of theKern CountyFire Department's Office of Emergency Services (OES) Monday (7/15/2013), to begin a dialogue about how to reach the homeless in case of a major emergency. "Communication to the homeless population is a very fuzzy area for us," said Georgianna Armstrong of OES (Center
 
7/9/2013
2013 State of the City: Mayor Lauds KCHC Successes
In his2013 State of the City Address today (7/9/2013), Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall highlighted some of the major accomplishments of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC)beforenumerous city and business leaders. Several hundred people gatheredfor this annual luncheon forum hosted by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerceat the Marriott at The Convention Center in Downtown Bakersfiel
 
7/1/2013
Sequestration = Challenges for Kern's Homeless
Editor's Note: Under U.S. Federal law, budget sequestration (or "the sequester") refers to broad-based automatic cuts in government spendingdesigned to helpbalance the federal budget. As part of sequestration, deep cuts to many programs that assist the poor--including housing and supportive service programs for the homeless and at-risk--were announced earlier in the year. Their effectsha
 

June 2013

6/26/2013
Braving the Heat to Help Oildale's Homeless
Even under the shade ofa canopy,the courtyardat Riverview Assembly of God Church in Oildale was warm in the early summer heat. But representatives from 10 Kern County Homeless Collaborative partners were there today (6/26/13), braving the mercuryto provide services tohomeless and at-risk individuals as theycame outofa noontime worship service and lined up for a hot lunch and a bag of groceries. T
 
6/24/2013
New Life AB109 Client a Winner like 'Popeye'
by Louis Medina, Homelessness Project Manager When I interviewed New Life Recovery & Training Center client Ivan Serrano at last week's Jobs 4 a Safer Community Expo, (click here to read that web post) hishope and excitement about being on a job search were so contagious, I asked him to be sure to contact mewhen he found work so Icould do a follow-upsuccess story on him. Ivan promised he wou
 
6/21/2013
Rest in Peace, Home First Client Carlos Macias
July 20, 1962 - June 19, 2013 Carlos Macias, one of the first chronically homeless andextremely medically vulnerable clients to be housed by the Kern County Homeless Collaborative's Home First 12 effort last year as part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, died Wednesday, June 19, at Kern Medical Center. Hewas 50 years old. As he shared with us in a previous web post (click here to read his testimon
 
6/19/2013
AB109 Job Expo a Great Success
Within justthe first 45 minutes oftoday'sJobs 4 a Safer Community Expo, 100 non-violent, non-sexual, non-seriousex-offenders had already gotten a chance to talk to prospective employers, medical service providers, legal aid agencies, subtance abuse support groups andothers invested in helping them succeed at gaining employment, integrating back into society and keeping from becoming homeless or r
 
6/19/2013
Rural Outreach Committee Officially Kicks Off
The first official meeting of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative's new Rural Outreach Committee was held yesterday (6/18/2013) in the Mojave Outreach Center of KCHC member agencyWomen's Center High Desert (WCHD), with windy weather auguring exciting changes that are quickly gathering momentum inKern's fight against rural homelessness. Indeed, both needs and results became immediately apparent
 
6/12/2013
HUD Creates Affordable Care Act E-Mail List Serve
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmenthas createdan e-mail list to disseminate important information related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)thatcould be usefulto low- or extremely-low-income persons and families--including the homeless--andtheir service providers, and is encouraging those interested in receiving e-mail alerts to sign up. Called "OneCPD (for Community Plannin
 
6/10/2013
1,045 Kern Locals Get FEMA Rent/Utilities Help
A little known fact about the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is that it helps individuals and families with pass-through emergency assistance dollars earmarked not asdisaster aid, but ratheras funds to help with personal financial emergencies to prevent evictions and homelessness. In the last few years, Kern County has received anywhere between half a million and a quarter ofamillion
 
6/7/2013
New Life: Job Expo for Ex-Offenders Ready to Work
On June 19, Kern County Homeless Collaborative member New Life Recovery and Training Center will put to use some of the AB109 grant money it received from the Kern Community Corrections Partnership by sponsoring a job expo for non-violent, non-sexual, non-serious released offenders who are clean, sober and ready to go back to work and be linked to community resources. Called Jobs 4 a Safer Commun
 
6/5/2013
Beautiful Bakersfield Award for Artist/KCHC Friend
If you have not yet had a chance to see the "Home. Street. Home." Art Show on Homelessness that benefits the Kern County Homeless Collaborative, please remember that it positively ends this Friday,June7, in the evening, at Sustenance, 1810 Eye Street, in Downtown Bakersfield--as part of the First Fridays Downtown Festival. And if you need aspecialreason to go see "Home. Street. Hom
 
6/3/2013
Home First! 10-Year Plan: 5-Year Progress Report
Home First! Kern County's 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness turnedfive last month (May 2013). Compiled by Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) Fiscal Sponsor United Way of Kern County, Home First! wasformally introduced to our local community by Bakersfield Mayor Harvey L. Hall in May 2008. At that time, the10-YearPlanlaid out a path toward ending chronic homelessness withthree mainob
 

May 2013

5/31/2013
Kern County Now Boasts 51 SOAR Case Workers!
One year ago, the Kern County Homeless Collaborative was still waiting to find out whether we would receive a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration training grant to implement the SOAR Project locally, to better assist homeless persons with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disordersin applyingfor Social Security disability benefits. Today (5/31/2013), just 11 mont
 
5/23/2013
Once Homeless, 2 KCHC Colleagues Get SOAR Training
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) will hold its second SOAR Training next week (May 28-31) at Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, to certify 21 local case managers and benefits specialists on a best-practices method that expedites access to Social Security disability assistance for homeless persons with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. Among tho
 
5/23/2013
Welcome Home, Barry Tatum--Thanks to Home First!
Barry Tatum, 53, is living proof that it takes a collaborative to house a homeless person—and keep him housed. A little more than a week ago, Barry moved into his own apartment thanks to the Home First Project of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative – our local contribution to the 100,000 Homes Campaign, which aims to house the most vulnerable street homeless in America before they
 
5/10/2013
Transport Meeting Draws Solid KCHC Participation
A localfeedback meeting to help update Kern County's Coordinated Public Transit/Human Services Transportation Plan, with an emphasis on the needs ofolder adults, disabled persons, and low-income individuals and families--including the homeless--drew strongattendance from members and partners of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative. TheMay 10 noontime meeting, held at Greater Bakersfield Legal A
 
5/9/2013
Delano Outreach Helps 83 At-Risk Families
Eighty-three rural families from northern Kern—including a number of elderly and disabled persons—received valuable information and direct services from the Kern County Homeless Collaborative’s Homeless Consumers and Service Providers Committee on Wednesday, May 8, at the Delano Community Connection Center’s food distribution outreach. As they stood in line for one to two
 
5/7/2013
County Announces ESG Funding Opportunity
The County of Kern Planning and Community Development Departmenthasreleased a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)ofclose to $115,000 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant funding for eligible private nonprofit organizations and general units of localgovernment that can deliver Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP)-relatedservices. The applic
 
5/7/2013
WeConnect Health Fair Still Seeking Volunteers
All hands on deck! WeConnect, afree, all-day resource fairthat aims to link local homeless and poor individuals and families to public health insuranceand other benefits and services, is less than two weeks away and still seeking volunteers--especially those who are bilingual in English and Spanish. The event is scheduledto last from11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Kern County Fairg
 

April 2013

4/17/2013
Housing, Art, Laughter and Tears at W. Columbus
More than 100 people crowded the courtyard and Community Roomat The Residences at West Columbus today (4/17/2013) for the Grand Opening of this affordable housing project, and the "Home. Street. Home" Art Exhibit to benefit the Kern County Homeless Collaborative. This much anticipateddual event--whichwas generously coveredby most local media--is sure to holdlots of memorable moments fo
 
4/12/2013
'West Columbus': A Precious New World Called Home
Construction, site improvement, structures and other hard costs of the Residences at West Columbus, which celebrates itsGrand Opening on April 17: $9 million. Total development costs, including architect,attorney, environmental study, lender and other fees for this affordable housing project of Kern County Homeless Collaborative member Golden Empire Affordable Housing Inc. (GEAHI): $13 million.
 
4/10/2013
KCHC Seeks Rural Outreach Committee Participants
The wildflowers are not the only thing blooming in rural Kern these days: There is a new budding effort of theKern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC)to establish its first ever Rural Outreach Committee--and when it blossoms, it will help to fill a huge gap in housing and services for homeless persons outside of Metro Bakersfield. Actually, a Rural Outreach Committee of the KCHC has been a long
 
4/10/2013
NAEH: The State of Homelessness in America 2013
The National Alliance to End Homelessness' "State of Homelessness in America 2013" report, releasedyesterday (4/9/2013),highlights significant reductions in chronic and veteran homelessness, while calling attention to troubling economic, demographic and household trends that may signal increasedhomelessnessamong families and the working poor. For its report, NAEH used data fromthe U.S
 
4/5/2013
'WeConnect' Health Care Enrollment Fair Coming!
Kern County is gearing up for an important health insurance enrollment and social services event on Saturday, May 18th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.at the Kern County Fairgrounds, and Kern County Homeless Collaborative members and partners are urged to spread the word so that no eligible homeless or at-risk person in our community is left out. “WeConnect” is a free, all-day event that was
 
4/3/2013
The Mission's New Transitional Living Project
Kern County Homeless Collaborative member The Mission at Kern County inaugurated 15 additional transitional housingbeds in a dormitory-style setting for menyesterday (4/2/2013), with an open house andrefreshmentsenjoyed by fellow KCHCmembers andothers from the community. Called the Transitional Living Project, this new endeavor of The Mission will allow men who have completed a 12-month disciples
 

March 2013

3/30/2013
'Home. Street. Home.' Art for the Homeless’ Sake
The title of the upcoming art show, Home. Street. Home. is as simple--and deep--as the hope held by the artists who put it together on behalf of the homeless: Home means thathomeless people once had a home; Street represents the fact that, through an unfortunate series of life events, they now find themselves on the street; and, again,Home expresses the desire that they might have aplace to call h
 
3/26/2013
Hola, Kernhomeless.org! Bonjour! Konnichi wa!
Our website, www.kernhomeless.org, has beaten down amultilingualbarricade in thebattle against homelessness, thanks to a new Google Translate feature that has been added--compliments of our web designer Interactive Educational Services (IES), Inc. Arigato gozaimasu! Muchas Gracias! Muito obrigado! Xie-Xie,IES! You can easily find the Google Translate feature on the upper right-hand corner of th
 
3/26/2013
Facebook.com/fohkern Feed Live on Kernhomeless.org
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative's website, www.kernhomeless.org,now features a live feed from its Facebook page, Faces of Homelessness (www.facebook.com/fohkern). This new feature can be found at the bottom center of the Home Page under "Faces of Homelessness." As with the Google Translate feature, this, too,is a complimentary additionto the functionality of our website court
 
3/16/2013
BC 'Poverty 101' Workshop Rich in Pearls of Wisdom
(Editor’s Note: This is the THIRD of three web posts on the heroic work of theBakersfield College Student Government Association (SGA)to assist hungry and financially insecure BC students and their children, while raising community awareness about students’ and other community members’ struggles with hunger, poverty and homelessness. -You can access the FIRST web post, about the
 
3/14/2013
Home First 12: "Like a Normal Day of Living"
Everybody calls her "Miss Gloria." Not to put "Miss" in front of her hame somehow doesn't seem right. Maybe it's becauseGloria T.is so gracious and poised. Maybe it's becausethe 59-year-oldkeeps her apartment so immaculately clean and welcoming. Maybe it's because in her own soft-spoken way sheknows how to communicate exactly what she wants. Her Case Manager, Vicki Sykes of
 
3/13/2013
UW Event Yields Inspiration, Hefty Door Prizes
Lots of Kern County Homeless Collaborative members joined KCHC Fiscal Sponsor United Way of Kern County Tuesday, March 12,2013, for its 23rd Annual Professional Development Conference for Nonprofits at The Marriott at the Convention Center in downtown Bakersfield. Many walked away with new ideas for much-needed positive change in our community from the wide range of workshops offered, as well as
 
3/13/2013
HUD Renews $2.1 Million of KCHC Program Funding
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today (3/13/13) that it is renewing funding for Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs to help end homelessness in 7,000 communities around the nation. Included among them is CA-604: our local jurisdiction which encompasses programs in all of Kern County. The following existing Continuum of Care Programs in Kern received renewal funding:
 
3/13/2013
Homeless Count, Website Put KCHC on National Map
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative's 2013 Homeless Point-in-Time Count (Homeless Census)results are now featured on an onlineinteractive map tool ofthe National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH). The interactive map tool can be accessed byclicking here. Thishas been possible thanks to the KCHC's answering a call put out in February by the NAEH to Continuums of Care on Homelessness (CoC's)ac
 
3/10/2013
BC’s Renegade Pantry Serves a Noble Cause
(Editor’s Note: This is the second of three web posts on the heroic work of the Bakersfield College Student Government Association to assist food insecure BC students and their children, while raising community awareness about students’ and other community members’ struggles with hunger, poverty and homelessness. -You can access the FIRST web post, about the BC Oxfam Hunger Ban
 
3/9/2013
BC Oxfam Hunger Banquet: Great Food for Thought
(Editor’s Note: This is the first of three web posts on the heroic efforts of the Bakersfield College Student Government Association to raise community awareness about poverty, hunger and homelessness issues confronted by BC students. The second web post is about how the Bakersfield College Renegade Pantry helps BC students in need--and their children! The third web post is about the 3/15/13
 
3/5/2013
Homeless Client: Can You Hear Me Now?
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)passed a resolution last Thursday (2/28/2013) allowing certain cell phone service providersto roll out a federalassistanceprogramthat willmake limited cell phone talk/text free for extremely low income and homeless mobile users in California. The basic plan offers a cell phone +250 talk minutes + 250 text messages monthly free, with affordable upgr
 
3/4/2013
KCHC Reaches AHAR Reporting Milestone
Data may not be a very sexy sounding word, but it is one that helps the Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC)present astrong case before theU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)about 1) the need for federal funding for homeless programs in our community, and 2) our performance as a collaborative in helping to reduce homelessness locally. Each year, the KCHC is required to rep
 

February 2013

2/28/2013
Fair Housing Now "iFairHousing" Thanks to New App
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today (2/28/2013), through its list serve, that it has unveiled the first ever housing discrimination mobile application (app) for iPhone and iPad. According to a HUD press release (click here to read it in its entirety), the app was developed by HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) and Hewlett Packard (HP)
 
2/20/2013
2013 Homeless Census: Press Conference a Success
The Kern County Homeless Collaborativesurprised the community andthe media yesterday(2/19/2013) with very positive news ata well attended press conferencewherethe findings of the 2013 Point-in-Time Homeless Count of Jan. 23-24 were revealed. The eight-page report that was handed out to some 50 to 60attendees at Baker Street Village Community Center,and which can be downloaded by clicking here, co
 
2/12/2013
SOAR: First Application from Kern County Approved!
The news came in a series of e-mailsbetween Tiffany Pierce, theOperations Support Bureau Chief of theSierra Branch of the Social Security Disability Determination Services Office (DDS)and Kern County Homeless Collaborative SOAR Co-Lead Gerald Cantu of Stewards, Inc. "I talked to Tiffany,"Cantu wrote in a Jan. 29 e-mail."She took the occasion to inform me that the first SOAR applica
 
2/11/2013
Homeless Count: Mayor's Thanks & Press Conference
It's not an everyday thing to get a letter from the mayor of one's city or county seat. But the 140 or so volunteers who helped the Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC)survey and count our county's homeless on Jan. 23-24, no matter where they volunteered or where they live in Kern County, got just that: a personal "Thank you" letter signed by Bakersfield Mayor Harvey L. Hall, who
 
2/7/2013
Website/Home First 12 Share Same-Day Milestone
The 12th housing placement under the Kern County Homeless Collaborative’s Home First 12 effort to house the 12 most medically vulnerable homeless persons in Bakersfieldhappened on February 2, 2013—the one-year anniversary of our website, kernhomeless.org. Two KCHC milestones that will always be celebrated on the same day! TheKCHCexperienced a year of much growth and accomplishments i
 
2/7/2013
Introducing New 2-1-1 Kern County Online Directory
Service providers working with homeless and at-risk clients: Have your dialing and typing fingers ready for a hands-on demonstration of the new 2-1-1 Kern County Online Resource Directory on Monday, February 11, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., at 5055 California Ave., Suite 210, in Bakersfield. You'll have a chance to tour the new2-1-1 Kern County Facility;meet Call Specialists, Staff and Program Par
 
2/4/2013
Home First 12: KCHC Rescues Man from Death
Seven months ago, the Kern County Homeless Collaborative held its Home First 12 Registry Week (June 18-22, 2012) as part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign to house the most vulnerable street homeless in America by mid-year 2014. At the time, the plan was to house the 12 most medically compromised of Bakersfield’s street homeless. Ninety-two percent of them, 11 of the 12, have been housed succe
 
2/1/2013
Jewish Community Says "Shalom" to KCHC
As the Kern County Homeless Collaborativecontinues to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of our website, Kernhomeless.org, we highlight the successess achieved over the last year. Certainly, 2012 was a year of new partnerships for the Homeless Collaborative, including with such organizations as the Kern County Community Corrections Partnership Committee and Meth Reduction Task Force; Griffith Ave
 

January 2013

1/31/2013
Oildale PIT: Humor, Beautiful Teeth & More
By Mary Sawyer President & CEO Portfolio Properties I was allowed to be a part of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative’s 2013 Census of Sheltered and Unsheltered Homeless Persons on Weds.-Thurs., Jan. 23-24. After laughing, crying, shivering, and praying through it all, I am humbled to be able to share some of my experiences with you. I pulled into the Bakersfield Homeless Center W
 
1/30/2013
HUD Fresno Rep. “Honored” to Partner with KCHC
By Dr. Toulu X. Thao Senior Management Analyst U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Fresno Field Office I am sharing this exciting moment with you as you celebrate your website’s First Anniversary. I salute you from Fresno. I am honored to have the opportunity of working with the Kern County Homeless Collaborative (Bakersfield/Kern Continuum of Care in HUD’s te
 
1/30/2013
Volunteer/Reporter Writes About Census Experience
Valerie Cassity was one of the Kern River Valley area volunteers who assisted the Kern County Homeless Collaborative with this year's Point-in-Time (PIT) Unsheltered Homeless Count, which took place throughout Kern on Thursday, Jan. 24. (The Sheltered count had taken place the night before at the various emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters, and transitional housing programs for the home
 
1/29/2013
Attorney/SOAR Lead Helps Enter Point-in-Time Data
By Neda Mashayekhi, Supervising Attorney, Community Homeless Law Center Project, and Kern County SOAR Lead Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Since I started working with the Kern County Homeless Collaborative as the attorney for the Community Homeless Law Center Project with Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, I learned the purpose behind the hard work of the community to conduct the Point-
 
1/29/2013
Happy Birthday, Kernhomeless.org!
The One-Year Anniversary of the launch of our Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) website, www.kernhomeless.org, is coming up Saturday, February 2, 2013, and to celebrate, we will be posting some success stories provided by our Collaborative members, friends and clients. However, the website's First Anniversary Celebration officially began today (1/29/13) at the monthly meeting of the 10-Ye
 
1/26/2013
TBC/El Popular Highlight HUD Guest in PIT News
Two local newspapers, English daily The Bakersfield Californian (TBC) and Spanish weekly El Popular, highlighted the participation of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Representative Dr. Toulu Thao in their coverage of Kern County's 2013 Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count--El Popular on the front page of its Jan. 25 edition, including a photo. Dr. Thao, who works at the HUD F
 
1/25/2013
HUD Calls KCHC SOAR Launch "Incredible Journey"!
In a nationwide OneCPD (Community Planning &Development)e-mail list serveRequest for Applications forthis year's SOAR Technical Assistance Opportunity for Continuums of Care,the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development highlights the accomplishments of CoC's that have recentlycome on board with the SOAR effort, including...you guessed it, the Kern County Homeless Collaborative! But th
 
1/25/2013
2013 Census Count Augurs Reduced Homelessness
Blame it on the rain, or attribute it to the great homelessness fighting efforts and growth of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative over the last couple of years, but the raw data coming in from the Point-in-Time Homeless Count surveys taken throughout Kern on Wednesday and Thursday this week (Jan. 23 – 24) seems to indicate a two-digit decrease in homelessness over the last full count of
 
1/25/2013
Marketing Director Humbled by Census Experience
By Jan Lemucchi, Director of Communications and Marketing United Way of Kern County Driving to the Bakersfield Homeless Center as a volunteer for the Kern County Homeless Collaborative Census Count Wednesday night (1/23), I was a bit apprehensive. How was I going to handle the duties given me? Was I actually going to be the one asking questionsof the homeless? Exactly what was I going to have
 
1/25/2013
FLOOD Board Member's Reflections on PIT Count
By Caroline Reid, Board Member FLOOD Bakersfield Ministries Every time I participate in some activity related to the homeless, I realize that what they need is not another impersonal program with lots of rules and regulations, but a human being, preferably smiling, giving their situation complete attention while respecting their dignity. I am proud to be living in a county where great value is
 
1/25/2013
Crisis Responder Gets Homeless Reality Check
By Vicki Roenspiess, State Farm Insurance Employee Volunteer Crisis Responder for Victim Relief Ministries As a crisis responder with Victim Relief Ministries, I come into contact with the homeless fairly regularly at Kern Medical Center. I very often meet people there who dispel the stereotypes. I am blessed on a regular basis. Yesterday (1/24), my team was initially deployed to the Bakersfiel
 
1/25/2013
Kern River Valley Latches on to KCHC Vision
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) appreciates the generous support it has received from all of its rural partnersin conducting the 2013 Countywide Point-in-Time Homeless Count (or Homeless Census). Nevertheless,a special shout out must be given to our friends in theKern River Valley. It's fair to say that as recently as last September, not many people in the Kern River Valley knew ve
 
1/23/2013
2013 Kern County Homeless Count Begins
With the help of dozens of volunteers, many from Kern County Homeless Collaborative partners, the 2013 Kern County Point-in-Time Homeless Count began in earnest tonight (1/23) at the various facilities that provide shelter or transitional housing to local homeless individuals and families. At The Mission at Kern County, which started its count at 4 p.m., 125 men occupying emergency shelter beds,
 
1/22/2013
Homeless Census: Minus 24 Hours and Counting!
The final training for volunteers of the2013 Kern County Point-in-Time Homeless Count took place today at the Mountain CommunitiesFamily Resource Center in Frazier Park. Two leaders from that agency, Anne Weber and Kim Murray (R and L in the photo, respectively)were trained face-to-faceon the useof the CensusSurvey Form bythe Kern County Homeless Collaborative'sHomelessness Project Manager, Loui
 
1/18/2013
Bako/Kern SOAR Efforts Acknowledged Nationally
Our partners at the SOAR(SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery)Technical Assistance Center of Policy Research Associates, Inc. submitted a news item about the Kern County Homeless Collaborative'srecent SOAR Training, that wasfeatured in the January 16 issue of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessnesse-newsletter. Click on this link to access the USICH publication, which has national reach, th
 
1/18/2013
HUD Rep to Assist in Kern County Homeless Count
United Way of Kern County has been a beehive of activity all day today (1/18/2013), with 18 volunteers, mostly from Teen Challenge, helping United Way Office Manager Paula Fadel (bottommost photo) put together 2,000 incentive packets for the homeless who will be surveyed during theKern County 2013 Point-in-Time Homeless Count on Jan. 23 -24. The Kern County Homeless Collaborative, together with
 
1/10/2013
1/11 - 1/14 Cold Weather ALERT for Bako/Kern
TheKern County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services reports that the National Weather Service is predicting acold weather event for our area from Friday – Monday, 1/11 - 1/14/2013 as follows: • Kern CountyMountainsand Desert areas:Gusty winds of 50 mph or higher and 1-3 inches of snow (above 2,000 feet)which may cause hazardous travel and isolated damage;very low wind chill rea
 
1/8/2013
History-Making Mayor a True KCHC Friend
As the Honorable Harvey L. Hall took the oath of office Monday night (1/7/2013), he became the first mayor to serve four consecutive terms in Bakersfield’s 115-year history. City Council members, local mediaand well wishers--including the Mayor’s family; personnel from his company, Hall Ambulance; religious leaders and Kern County Homeless Collaborative members--packed the City Counci
 
1/3/2013
The Californian: Homeless Census Opinion Piece
Click here to read a Community Voices opinion pieceon the upcoming Point-in-Time Homeless Count by Kern County Homeless Collaborative Homelessness Project Manager Louis Medina, of United Way of Kern County. The piece isfeaturedin today's (1/3/2013) edition of The Bakersfield Californian. Thank you to allthe volunteers who are helping to make the upcoming Jan. 23-24 count of the homelessa reality
 

December 2012

12/18/2012
SOAR Co-Lead Helps Cancer Survivor Get Benefits
With the first SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access & Recovery) training just finished less than two weeks ago, Kern County Homeless Collaborative SOAR Co-Lead Gerald Cantu of Stewards, Inc. was simply trying to practice submitting Social Security Applications in anticipationof when he eventually starts turning them in on behalf of the homeless using the SOAR method. What ended up happening&mdash
 
12/7/2012
United Way Awards Half a Million+ in Grants
Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) Member and Fiscal Sponsor United Way of Kern County today publicly announced awardstotaling $540,000 in Community Impact Grants to 16 local programs focusing on Hunger and Homelessness ($275,000), Education ($170,000), and Social Service Referrals—2-1-1 Kern County—($90,000) in 2013. A $5,000 Community Impact Opportunity Fund has also been set
 
12/6/2012
Meet Bakersfield/Kern's First SOAR Training Grads
Thirty-one case managers and benefits specialists from 15 agency and business partners of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) received their SOAR(SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access & Recovery) certificates upon completing the Bakersfield/Kern community's first ever Stepping Stones to Recovery training today (12/6/2012). The practical knowledge they learned in the two-daytraining held at KCHC
 
12/5/2012
And They're Off--And SOARing!
The much-awaited first ever two-day (12/5-6/2012) SOAR training for Kern County Homeless Collaborative members and partners took off today with the participationof 31 representatives from 15 agencies/businesses. SOAR Lead AgencyGreater Bakersfield Legal Assistance's large conference room was filled withcase workers, benefits specialists and others who gathered to learn the SSI/SSDI Outreach Acces
 
12/2/2012
AB109 Funding: KCHC Members Get Half the Money
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) congratulates members New Life Recovery & Training Center and Hearthstone Community Services for having been recommended to receive AB109 (California Safety Realignment Act) Grant Funding from the Kern County Community Corrections Partnership (CCP). These KCHC agencies together were recommended for awards adding up to 49.9% of the total $983,304.
 

November 2012

11/20/2012
FLOOD Outreach Receives TBC Foundation Grant
Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC)member Flood Bakersfield Ministries has received a $5,000 grant from The Bakersfield Californian Foundationto help with the purchase of incentive items such as snacks, toiletries, bottled water and blanketsfor unsheltered homeless individuals reached through its U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-funded StreetOutreachProgram. Flood was
 
11/19/2012
Bako Rapid-Rehousing gets HUD National Attention
The City of Bakersfield has received a great honor today, by being highlighted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentamong just a fewnational "success stories" in the implementation of President Barack Obama'sAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program--particularly the Rapid Re-Housing Component. A write-up about
 
11/16/2012
Local Media Highlight Recent KCHC Rural Outreaches
The Kern River Sun highlighted the Kern County Homeless Collaborative's Nov. 7 presentation to Kern River Valley Revitalization, Inc.regarding homelessness and the upcoming Jan. 23-24 Countywide Point-in-Time Count of the Homeless. Here is a link to the online posting of the Nov. 14 article by writer Valerie Cassity, who, by the way, has signed up as a 2013 Homeless Census volunteer through the Vo
 
11/16/2012
Transition Age Youth Residences App. Period Opens
Kern County Mental Health formally announces the opening of the application period for the Transition Age Youth (TAY) Permanent Supportive Housing Program at the Residences at West Columbus. Expected to open by mid-March 2013, the Residences is a 56-unit rental apartment complex managed by the Housing Authority of the County of Kern. Of the 56 units, 20 rent-assisted, one-bedroom units are
 
11/14/2012
Close to 100 Delano Families Reached by KCHC
Homeless Consumers & Service Providers Committee Chair Imelda Ceja-Butkiewicz of Kern County Public Health was happy. So were the representatives from the 10 Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) partners present. Why wouldn't they be? Some 80 to 90 struggling households -- that's more than 100 people, one to two dozen of them children -- had been reached over a two-hour period.
 
11/8/2012
Kern River Valley's Fight vs. Homelessness/Hunger
At 8,200 square miles, Kern is huge: the third largest county in California. But because the majority of servicesfor Kern's homeless andat riskare concentratedin Bakersfield--includingthe county's only two full-service emergency shelters, Bakersfield Homeless Center and The Mission at Kern County (formerly The Bakesfield Rescue Mission)--rural communities often must make due with very littleto tr
 

October 2012

10/31/2012
100 Lunches Run Out at First KCHC 'Dale' Outreach
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative's first ever outreach in Oildale, held today (10/31/2012) in partnership with Riverview Assembly of God Church, was such a success that all 100 lunches that had been prepared by the church for the homeless and at-risk ran out, according to Pastor Terry Murtagh.
 
10/24/2012
Rapid Re-Housing Funding Opportunity from City
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Bakersfield, California has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for RAPID RE-HOUSING PROGRAM SERVICES from qualified service providers. The City is seeking qualified service providers to submit proposals to provide Rapid Re-Housing services as defined in the Homeless Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH). The City desires Rapid Re-h
 
10/17/2012
GET Bus Blues
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative's officialinformational flyer states that one of our main activities is to become a voice for the voiceless by advocating on behalf of the homeless. That is exactly what some of the leadership of the Homeless Collaborative did yesterday (10/16/2012) at the Regular Board Meeting of the Golden Empire Transit District (GET Bus), echoing the concerns of many hom
 
10/15/2012
Kern Co Mental Health Posts RFA for AB109 Services
The Request for Applicationsto the Grant Program for AB109-Related Services, wherein up to $930,000 is available to community-based organizations for projects to assist AB109 (California Safety Realignment Act) clients in Kern County, was posted today (10/15/2012)on the home page of Kern County Homeless Collaborative Member Agency Kern County Mental Health Department. Please click onthis link to r
 
10/12/2012
Faces in the Crowd at the 2012 Vets Stand Down
By Louis Medina, Homelessness Project Manager It is one thing to discuss homelessness in abstract, general terms; it is quite another to talk about the parts—the individuals—who make up the "homelessness" whole and to show, up close, the faces of homelessness. The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC)always strives to protect the dignity and confidentiality of its clien
 
10/11/2012
2012 Vets Stand Down Draws Strength from CVAF
Kern County celebrated its 14th Annual Veterans Stand Down today (10/11/2012) at Bakersfield's Stramler Park. The day-long social services resource fair is special this year for the Kern County Homeless Collaborative for a very good reason: California Veterans Assistance Foundation. It is the second year in a row that this KCHC member agency has been at the helm of this event, which is popular am
 
10/2/2012
City of Bakersfield Notice of Funding Availability
The City of Bakersfield's Community Development Department has announced that its Fiscal Year 2013-14 Funding Handbook, which describes the application process for the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, and Emergency Solutions Grants programs is now available on the City's Website.
 

September 2012

9/28/2012
Local SOAR Project Kickoff a Success
The one-day Kern County SOAR Kickoff and Planning Forum of Wednesday, September 26 began with an encouraging greeting from Bakersfield Mayor Harvey L. Hall, who also Chairs the Kern County Homeless Collaborative's 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Committee.
 
9/21/2012
KCHC Requests Letters of Intent for CoC Funding
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative is now accepting Letters of Intent to Submit an Application for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding through the 2012 Continuum of Care Program.
 
9/21/2012
KCHC Makes Friends in the Kern River Valley
The current and past Kern River Valley Rotarians who gathered at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights Thursday night (9/20/2012) to learn about the Kern County Homeless Collaborativemade upa small and intimate group of just ten people. But among them were some heavyweight movers and shakers in the communities to the east of the Kern River Canyon: Anna Leon, Marketing, Public Relations and Ou
 
9/21/2012
CVAF Receives $213K VA Transition in Place Grant
Kern County Homeless Collaborative Member andlocalVeterans Stand Down organizing agency Calfornia Veterans Assistance Foundation (CVAF)hasbeen awarded a $213,000 grant by the Veterans Administration to temporarily house homeless veterans and then "transition them in place," without having to move them, into permanent housing. "We are very excited about this new housing opportunity
 
9/14/2012
SOAR: We are Family!
Our Kern County Homeless Collaborative's Dr. Gerald Cantu of Stewards, Inc. and Neda Mashayekhi, Esq. of Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance just finished their Train the Trainer Training Week on the East Coast and are revved up, inspired and newly certified as SOAR Trainers.
 
9/13/2012
Learning Useful SOAR Tricks of the Trade
SOAR Train the Trainer Training in Providence, Rhode Island, continued today for Kern County Homeless Collaborative representatives Gerald Cantu of Stewards, Inc. and Neda Mashayekhi of Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance with useful menomic tools, formulas and slogans to help implement the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery method successfully.
 
9/12/2012
GBLA at Heart of Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Victory
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative would like to congratulate member agency Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance for its participation in an historic lawsuit against a local landlord who was found to be sexually harassing female tenants.
 
9/12/2012
A Detailed Look at SOAR Project Benefits
Today (9/12/2012) is Day Two of Train the Trainer Training in Providence, Rhode Island, for our two Bakersfield/Kern SOAR Team Leads, Neda Mashayekhi of Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance and Dr. Gerald Cantu of Stewards, Inc.
 
9/11/2012
From East to West Coast, KCHC Excitement SOARS
SOAR Trainer Training - Day One, by Neda Mashayekhi Day One of the SOAR "Stepping Stones to Recovery" training started today (Tuesday, September, 11, 2012) at 8:30 AM in Providence, Rhode Island.
 
9/10/2012
KCHC/Meth Task Force Collaboration Begins
A presentation by the Kern County Methamphetamine Reduction Task Force to the Kern County Homeless Collaborative's Discharge Planning Committee today resulted in an agreement on both sides to collaborate in an effort to raise awareness about meth use and its devastating effects among Kern's homeless and at-risk.
 
9/5/2012
Meth Task Force to Deliver Presentation to KCHC
Dr. Dixie King, Facilitator for the Kern County Methamphetamine Reduction Task Force, will bring her thought-provoking "Kern Stop Meth Now" presentation to the Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC). Dr. King's presentation isbased on findings from an Impact Study that was conductedbetween 2008and 2009. She is scheduled to deliver ittwice toHomeless Collaborative membersas follows:
 

August 2012

8/31/2012
KCHC Goes "Country" -- AND to "The Dale"!
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative is expanding its direct service outreach and educational activities beyond Metro Bakersfield and the rural community of Wasco--where quarterly outreaches began in March of this year--to Delano, the Kern River Valley Area and our urban neighbor to the north, Oildale.
 
8/25/2012
El Popular News Features KCHC Wasco Outreach
The Friday, August 24 issue of local Spanish language weekly El Popular features a front-page article about the direct service outreach the Kern County Homeless Collaborative conducted on Monday, August 20, at Griffith Avenue Baptist Church in Wasco.
 
8/22/2012
Steering Committee Grows from 13 to 27 in a Day
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative's Steering Committee, which governs the Collaborative's business and monitors the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-funded Continuum of Care programs that provide housing and supportive services to local homeless, more than doubled in size yesterday (8/21/2012) thanks to a revision of the KCHC Bylaws.
 
8/16/2012
United Way/KCHC Seek Experienced Data Analyst
United Way of Kern County and the Kern County Homeless Collaborative seek experienced Data Analyst to work with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-mandated Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to meet the data quality requirementsof the HUD-funded Continuum of Care. Duties include: Extensive data analysis on local homelessness; Identification of service needs; Identification
 
8/3/2012
Delano/So. Bako Kiwanis Welcome KCHC Presentation
In a joint luncheon of the Delano and South Bakersfield Kiwanis Clubs at Delano's historicalHeritage Park, a monument to Delano's pioneers,Kern County Homeless Collaborative Homelessness Project Manager Louis Medina, of United Way of Kern County,spoke to about 25Kiwanis memberstoday (8/3)regarding homelessness and the KCHC, and was invited to return for a breakfast with the Delano Community Allian
 

July 2012

7/19/2012
The Verdict: Homeless Court Helps KCHC Clients
Q: Which of the following do you believe best describes Kern County Community Homeless Court: A) A cost-free way for homeless people to clear a misdemeanor, ticket or fine off their record by fulfilling a judgment to participate in a program in lieu of doing community service. B) A special session of Kern County Superior Court, generously offered on a volunteer basis by local judges and clerks t
 
7/16/2012
HUD Posts HEARTH Act Implementation Updates
HEARTH Act Implementation Updates The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), enacted into law on May 20, 2009, consolidates HUD’s competitive homelessness assistance grant programs and names this merger, the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. o HUD is posted the interim regulation for the new Continuum of Care Program to the HUD Homelessne
 
7/14/2012
New Life Center for Men Opens Soon in East Bako
DOD Construction's Chief Executive Officer Derrick Dickerson had an empty housing facility as far east as you can go along Edison Highway while still being in Bakersfield. He also had a vision for men who, like himself, had served time in a correctional institution: "If I can get them here, I can get them trained and I can get them back into society."
 
7/10/2012
We Love You Back, Mayor Hall!
f the members and friends of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative ever wondered just how much Bakersfield Mayor Harvey L.Hall loves us and the local homeless community members we serve, consider this:
 
7/9/2012
Wasco Outreach on Hot July Day Warms Hearts
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) conducted its July Direct Service Outreach tothe rural community of Wasco this morning (7/9) at Griffith Avenue Baptist Church, which distributes Fresh & Easy and Save Mart Supermarkets food donations daily. More than 20 people, including some disabled seniors in wheelchairs, were lined up outside the church kitchenshielding themselves with umbrel
 
7/2/2012
Home Sweet 'Home First 12'
Four of the 12 most vulnerable homeless found on the streets of Bakersfield by the Kern County Homeless Collaborative last month moved into their new homes today.
 

June 2012

6/29/2012
CVAF Awarded $122K to Train Homeless Vets for Jobs
Kern County Homeless Collaborative member California Veterans Assistance Foundation has been awarded a $122,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to help Kern County homeless vets with job training so they can succeed in civilian careers. The grant for CVAF is one of 64 awarded throughout the nation this year as part of more than $15 million a
 
6/29/2012
Changing of the Homeless Census Guard at KCHC
This month, the Kern County Homeless Collaborative said, not "Goodbye," but "See you around," to an old friend: long-timeHomeless Census Committee Chair Gene Saint-Amand(foreground), who is going to shift gears from counting the homeless and writing multi-million dollargrants to secure dignified, stable housing and services for them, to spending some well-deserved "me"
 
6/28/2012
Technical Assistance Award Makes KCHC Spirits SOAR
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) has been selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as just one of nine Continuums of Care from among 30 applicants across the nation to receive technical assistance designed to help make Social Security disability programs more accessible to the homeless and at risk.
 
6/23/2012
Home First 12 - Day 5 - A Team Leader's Journal
HOPE By Louis Medina, Homelessness Project Manager This last web post on my Home First 12 Bakersfield Homeless Registry Week experience has no photos. It is a words-only web post. But in sharing through my words some of the images from this week that are etched forever in my mind, I hope to show you, in a way that is more graphic than photos, some of the things I have been privileged to see an
 
6/21/2012
Home First 12 - Day 4 - A Homeless Woman's Death
By Louis Medina, Homelessness Project Manager The details on decedentDarlene Sue Pengilley, according to theKern County Office of the Coroner,are as follows: Date of birth: 8/17/1957. Date of death: 2/18/2011. Age at death: 53. Cause of death: Heart disease (a full autopsy was not done, only an external examination, as the Coroner's Officegained accesstothe decedent's medical history from the
 
6/20/2012
Home First 12 - Day 3 - A Day of Smiles
By Louis Medina, Homelessness Project Manager Today, Day 3 of Home First 12 Bakersfield Homeless Registry Week, has been a day of smiles.Our first survey this morning was with Paul Batsford, a 28-year-old originally from New York who has been homeless for 10 years. He joked around with our team and made us laugh. Paul sleeps on the streets and on a roof, he said. He was carrying a backpack and pl
 
6/19/2012
Home First 12 - Day 2 - A Team Leader's Journal
By Louis Medina, Homelessness Project Manager Like most Californians, I jump in my car whenever I need to go anywhere. The urban landscape I see from my car window is fast-moving and, to a great extent, ordered bywhere I'm going,whether I need to stop or slow down, and where I choose to park. In a word, the urban landscape I'mfamiliar with is edited. By me. I can drive to a nice part of town, s
 
6/19/2012
Veteran - Team Leader - "Muse"
Home First 12 Bakersfield Homeless Registry Week could not succeed without the significant involvement of caring volunteers and the dedicated staff of the member agencies of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative. As part of Home First 12 (the local name for the 100,000 Homes Campaign to house the 100,000 most vulnerable homeless persons in America by July 2014) theHomeless Collaborative encourage
 
6/19/2012
Home First 12 - "Muse's" Husband Also "Muses"
Home First 12 Bakersfield Homeless Registry Week could not succeed without the significant involvement of caring volunteers. As part of Home First 12 (the local name for the 100,000 Homes Campaign to house the 100,000 most vulnerable homeless persons in America by July 2014) the Kern County Homeless Collaborative encourages volunteers to write about their experiences in providing this life-saving
 
6/18/2012
Home First 12 - Day 1 - A Team Leader's Journal
By Louis Medina, Homelessness Project Manager It would be false for me to say I knew what I wouldfind today as I went outlooking forunsheltered homeless persons as part of the Home First 12 project of theKern County Homeless Collaborative. I knew what to expect, somewhat: for example, signs of the ravages that years of homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, diseaseand exposure to the ele
 
6/18/2012
Home First 12 - "Musings" from a Volunteer
Home First 12 Bakersfield Homeless Registry Week could not succeed without the significant involvement of caring volunteers. As part of Home First 12 (the local name for the 100,000 Homes Campaign to house the 100,000 most vulnerable homeless persons in America by July 2014) the Kern County Homeless Collaborative encourages volunteers to write about their experiences in providing this life-savin
 
6/15/2012
Home First 12 Training Draws 80 Volunteers
The volunteer training for Bakersfield Homeless Registry Weekbrought togetherapproximately 80 participants who hope to makehousing for12 medically vulnerable unshelteredhomeless in our communitya reality through the life-saving project that is Home First 12, a part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, which aims to house the 100,000 most vulnterable homeless persons in America by July 2014. Home First 1
 
6/12/2012
Home First 12 Community Voices in The Californian
The Bakersfield Californian today published a Community Voices Opinion piece by the Kern County Homeless Collaborative's Homelessness Project Manager Louis Medina. You canaccess the article by clicking on this link.You can also read it the "old school way" inthe 6/12/2012printed edition of the newspaper, on page 11.
 
6/8/2012
Home First 12 - "I'm lovin' it"
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative today purchased 300 McDonald's $5 gift cards to give out to local unsheltered homeless during Home First 12 Bakersfield Homeless Registry Week beginning Monday, June 18. That week, the KCHC will make history in the local fight against homelessness by implementing, through Home First 12, the 100,000 Homes Campaign model.The 100,000 Homes Campaignis a nationa
 
6/4/2012
Baker Street Village "Beautifully" Honored
The Housing Authority of the County of Kern's Baker Street Village, ahandsome mixed-use developmentat 1015 Baker Street inOld Town Kern that includesaffordable apartments and a community center,has beenhonored by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce with the 2012 Beautiful Bakersfield Chairman'sAward. Baker Street Village was "Selected from all nominations submitted, for exemplary act
 
6/1/2012
VA/100,000 Homes Campaign Partnership Announced
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs this week announced a partnership with the 100,000 Homes Campaign designed to house 10,000 homeless veterans in 2012. This news is particularly exciting for Bakersfield/Kern because it is a 100,000 Homes Campaign-registered community. The 100,000 Homes Campaignis a national movement, spearheaded by New York-based nonprofit Community Solutions, whic
 
6/1/2012
KCHC Friend: Once Homeless, Now CSUB-Bound
Former Kern County Homeless Collaborative Steering Committee Member and Homeless Consumer Representative Lisa English has received PG&E's Bright Minds Scholarship: a $30,000 investment in her education by the utilities company. The Bright Minds Scholarship Program is PG&E's biggest scholarship program ever, according to an online announcement posted Wednesday (5/30/2012). Soon afterthe n
 

May 2012

5/19/2012
Local Media Highlights Bako/Kern HPRP Successes
On Friday, May 18, The Bakersfield Californian and local CBS TV affiliate KBAK highlighted the national attention Bakersfield and Kern have garnered after achieving outstanding results in preventing homelessness and rapidlly re-housing homeless families through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP).
 
5/16/2012
Rapid Re-Housing in Kern Gets National Attention
The success of the local Rapid Re-Housing program in reducing family homelessness in Bakersfield and Kern County has garnered national attention and will be highlighted to Congress. In preparation for hosting a Thursday, May 17, Congressional briefing in Washington D.C., the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), requested information from communities around the country...
 
5/15/2012
GBLA Receives $300,000+ Fair Housing HUD Grant
Kern County Homeless Collaborative member Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. was one of 99 nonprofits and fair housing organizations in 35 states and the District of Columbia to receive HUD grant awards yesterday (5/14/2012), to help in the fight against housing discrimination. GBLA’s 2012 piece of the more than $41 million pie...
 
5/2/2012
GBLA Conference Raises Fair Housing Consciousness
Between 50 and 60 providers of services to homeless and at-risk members of our community attended Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance’s “Your Life, Your Home, Your Choice” 2012 Fair Housing Conference on April 24. Offered as part of GBLA’s Fair Housing Law Project, the conference was held at Kern County Mental Health’s Commonwealth Bldg. facilities. Click on "Read All" below for more.
 

April 2012

4/22/2012
Project Homeless Connect: Connection Accomplished
Project Homeless Connect - Bakersfield, held Saturday, April 21, in and around the Bakersfield Rescue Mission, was truly a time for connecting. This first-ever one-day event, organized for our community by the Kern County Homeless Collaborative, was the catalyst needed to connect some 500 homeless men, women and children to life-changing housing and supportive services.
 
4/19/2012
Project Homeless Connect Community Voices in TBC
The Bakersfield Californian featured a Community Voices piece by Homelessness Project Manager Louis Medina in today's Opinion Section of the paper, as well as online. The article discusses the upcoming Project Homeless Connect - Bakersfield resource fair, and practical ways to destigmatize homelessness. Please click on "Read All" below to access a link to the article.
 
4/14/2012
Social Security Training to KCHC Members a Success
A rainy Friday the 13th of April turned out to be quite the lucky day for the dozen Kern County Homeless Collaborative member and partner agencies that attended a free four-hour training conducted at the Public Health Department by the local Social Security Administration. Please click on "Read All" below to learn more.
 
4/11/2012
GBLA's First Fair Housing Conference set for 4/24
The Fair Housing Law Project of Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance will host its first ever Fair Housing Conference from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at the East Training Room of Kern County Mental Health, 3300 Truxtun Ave., in Bakersfield. Please click on "Read All" below to read the full announcement and download a conference flyer for this FREE event.
 
4/4/2012
HUD-VASH Resource Guide Now Available
The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Resource Guide for Permanent Housing and Clinical Care is now available online at www.va.gov/homeless. HUD-VASH’s goals are to place homeless Veterans in safe, stable, affordable permanent housing. Click on "Read All" below to go to the link.
 
4/4/2012
Project Homeless Connect Pre-registration Opens
Project Homeless Connect is just around the corner. At this one-day resource fair on April 21, the Kern County Homeless Collaborative aims to serve 500 persons experiencing homelessness. Attendees can pre-register at the Housing Authority of the County of Kern, 601 24th St., M-F 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will allow them to avoid long lines the day of the event. Click on "Read All" to learn more.
 

March 2012

3/27/2012
W. Columbus Project a New World for Foster Youth
Homeless Collaborative member agency Golden Empire Affordable Housing broke ground today on its Residences at West Columbus affordable housing development for families and emancipated foster youth. The 56-unit project will boast one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes plus a community center, and will house and provide services for 20 aging out youth. Click on "Read All" below to learn more.
 
3/25/2012
Rockhill Farm's Groundbreaking a Feel-Good Event
Rockhill Farm, a faith-based, nonprofit rehabilitation program for former felons, gang members and drug addicts, expanded its organic farming operations yesterday with the groundbreaking of a new 10-acre location at the crossing of David and North Wheeler Ridge Roads in Arvin. Called "Seeds of Change," the event drew community dignitaries and local media. Click on 'Read All' below to learn more.
 
3/21/2012
Homeless Collaborative Launches Wasco Outreach
The Homeless Consumers and Service Providers Committee of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative reached a new milestone today by increasing its "outreach footprint" to the rural community of Wasco. Jim Wheeler, Executive Director of the City of Wasco Housing Authority, a Collaborative member agency, was instrumental in procuring a location for the outreach. Click on "Read All" below to learn more ...more 
 
3/13/2012
$2.8 Million in HUD Dollars for New CoC Projects
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative will be receiving $2.8 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for new programs to fight homelessness locally, according to a HUD press release issued today. This local funding is part of $201 million HUD has awarded for fiscal year 2011-12 to Continuums of Care around the country. To learn more, click on "Read All" below. ...more 
 
3/6/2012
Friends of KERNHOMELESS.ORG at UW Conference
Some friends of kernhomeless.org attended United Way of Kern County's 22nd Annual Nonprofit Development Conference at the Bakersfield Marriott on Tuesday, March 6. L.A.-based painter Pat Berger, whose images of the homeless are featured on our website, was the lunchtime keynote speaker. Meanwhile, Luis Albertson, Sales Manager for IES Inc., which designed the site, was present at a trade booth. ...more 
 
3/5/2012
HUD Equal Access to Housing Rule Published
HUD's “Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs – Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity” Final Rule went into effect today (3/5/2012). Click on the "Read All" button below to read more.
 
3/3/2012
KCHC Members at 100,000 Homes Campaign Bootcamp
Representatives from FLOOD Bakersfield Ministries and United Way of Kern County attended a 2-day bootcamp in L.A. to learn how to bring the 100,000 Homes Campaign to Kern. The 100K Homes Campaign is a life-saving project to house the 100,000 most vulnerable homeless persons in America before they succumb to disease, addiction and exposure to the elements. Click "Read All" below to learn more.
 

February 2012

2/27/2012
Continuum of Care Check-Up
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative's Continuum of Care, which is the grouping of agencies and programs funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing and supportive services to the homeless, is currently going through a self-administered check-up process.
 
2/21/2012
KCHC Steering Committee Meeting is Moving
Beginning with the February 21, 2012 meeting, the Steering Committee of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative will meet at the Baker Street Village Community Center at 1015 Baker St. The meeting time remains at 9:30 a.m.
 
2/21/2012
Sharp Rise in Number of Food Stamp Recipients
In another sign of the difficult financial times we're living in, The Bakersfield Californian reported today that 15% of Americans (45 million) rely on food stamps. In Kern County, CalFresh program participants increased from 35,324 in November of 2008 to a jaw-dropping 54,708 in November of 2011, with students, working parents and college-educated individuals among new recipients.
 
2/13/2012
Kernhomeless.org "Worth Noting" in The Californian
The Bakersfield Californian wrote about kernhomeless.org in the 2/13 issue of the paper. Bakersfield Mayor Harvey L. Hall's personal monetary donation, which made possible the design of the website by local web development firm IES, Inc., was acknowledged in the write-up.
 
2/9/2012
ESG Implementation Video from HUD Secretary
U.S. Department of Housing and Urband Development Secretary Shaun Donovan prepared a video message for Emergency Solutions Grant recipients, Continuums of Care and other HUD partners in the fight against homelessness. His message sets a clear direction for how HUD wants ESG funding to be prioritized: on Rapid Re-housing, CoC Collaboration, and quality data collection.
 
2/5/2012
Homeless Enjoy Superbowl Party at St. Vincent's
Kern County Homeless Collaborative partner agency St. Vincent de Paul Center on Baker Street hosted a Superbowl party for about 80 homeless persons on Superbowl Sunday. This is the second such Superbowl party the center has hosted for the homeless, according to The Bakersfield Californian.
 
2/3/2012
Equal Access to Housing
Today, HUD published its new rule, "Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity." It will take effect on 3/5/12, ensuring that HUD-funded housing is made available without regard to actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. To read the rule, click "Read All" below, then on "Equal Access to Housing."
 

January 2012

1/25/2012
Sheltered Homeless Census 2012
Beginning with the Sheltered Homeless Census of 2012, which locally took place on the evening of January 25, the Kern County Homeless Collaborative will now be conducting counts of the homeless annually: Sheltered Homeless on even numbered years and Sheltered + Unsheltered on odd numbered years. These yearly counts will help us understand trends in local homelessness in a more efficient way.
 
1/24/2012
Californian Radio Show Focuses on Homelessness
The Bakersfield Californian's Editorial Page Editor Bob Price and KERN-AM 1180 News Director Jeff Lemucchi interview KCHC Steering Committee Chair Kim Albers, Executive Director of KCHC member agency FLOOD Bakersfield Ministries, and United Way of Kern County Homelessness Project Manager and Emergency Food & Shelter Program Administrator Louis Medina. Click on "Read All" below to access link.
 

December 2011

12/26/2011
Homeless Consumers on KCHC Steering Committee
On Dec. 20, 2011, Mssrs. Darold Christian, a resident of Haven Cottages, and Chris Morrow of Bakersfield Rescue Mission, were elected to serve as Members at Large on the Kern County Homeless Collaborative's Steering Committee for 2012. This ensures the homeless or formerly homeless have a voice in the business of running the Homeless Collaborative.
 
12/20/2011
$2.3 Million in HUD CoC Renewal Project Funding
Shelter+Care and Supportive Housing Program Projects from our CoC that applied for HUD renewal funding have been funded for 2012. This ensures $2.3 million to our community in order to continue fighting homelessness. Agencies funded include Bethany Services, Clinica Sierra Vista, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Housing Authority of the County of Kern and Kern County Mental Health.
 

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