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Kern County Homeless Collaborative applies for $4m


Kern County Homeless Collaborative applies for $4.5 million for Kern County

The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) has submitted its annual application to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the 2014-2015 funding year, in the amount of $4.5 million.

The local application is part of $1.83 billion nationally that HUD has made available to Continuums of Care (CoC), regional or local planning bodies that coordinate funding for housing and services for homeless families and individuals. KCHC serves as the Bakersfield/Kern CoC.

The KCHC application includes renewal projects and new projects that will provide continued momentum towards ending homelessness in Kern County. “With this funding consistently invested our county we are beginning to see substantial change,” said President/CEO Della Hodson, of UWKC. United Way is the Collaborative Applicant and Fiscal Sponsor for the KCHC.

The group is working towards collective, community resolutions – keeping in mind all mainstream resources of funding that help eliminate homelessness in addition to HUD funding, including Emergency Food and Shelter funds, and others such as MediCal, and the Department of Labor. “Healthy households result in a healthier community,” said Hodson.

Funds requested are purposed for such services as transitional housing, shelter and permanent supportive housing vouchers for individuals and families seeking housing (including veterans and the chronically homeless), support services such as domestic violence shelter, clothing, food, job training, case management, behavioral health and wellness classes, substance abuse treatment, benefits application support, legal services, education and work experience, financial literacy, childcare, transportation, and others that lead to housing stability – all to help people become housed and self-sufficient.

The KCHC was recently selected to participate in the national initiative Zero: 2016, an effort to end veteran homelessness in 2015 and chronic homelessness in 2016.

The Collaborative is a network of more than two dozen nonprofit service providers, businesses, nonprofit, government and faith based organizations, volunteers and formerly homeless individuals - all working together on behalf of the homeless and those at risk for homelessness, in Kern County. Proposed existing projects applications include services of these KCHC paying members: Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, Bakersfield Homeless Center, California Veterans Assistance Foundation, Clinica Sierra Vista, Flood Bakersfield Ministries, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Hearthstone Community Services, Housing Authority of Kern County, Kern County Mental Health, Women’s Center High Desert and planning dollars for the KCHC.

For more information visit the Collaborative website at or HUD’s website at


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