The Mission:

To put an end to homelessness in Kern County through collaborative planning and action.

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For information: Homelessness Resources Administrative Assistant Jessica M. Janssen (661) 834-1580 or Jessica.F@uwkern.org. 

 


2016 HOMELESSNESS POINT IN TIME COUNT RELEASED


Richard Kemp, left, and Tom Clark interview Larry along the Kern riverbed during the Kern County Homeless Collaborative's Census Team survey on Thursday, January 28, 2016. PHOTO: MICHAEL FAGANS, UNITED WAY OF KERN COUNTY [COPYRIGHT 2016]
4/12/2016

RESULTS OF THE 2016 KERN COUNTY HOMELESSNESS POINT IN TIME COUNT HAVE BEEN RELEASED -

BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The annual Point in Time Count is conducted to measure Kern County homeless trends and grasp what one year looks like to the next, but rest assured the 28 members of the KCHC don’t wait for the Point in Time count in order to take action on areas of need when it comes to homelessness!  Remember – this is one count on a single day of 365 days and no two days are alike.

Members of the KCHC are a group of 28 agencies with one thing in common – they all agree to work to end homelessness – and they work hard. They don’t all receive HUD funding, only ten agencies do. They don’t all have the same directors or staff – but they are all crucial cogs in the system of care, along with our community partners, working in unison with passion and dedication to prevent homelessness, connect people to housing and serve people who are homeless. And, the Collaborative is not soley responsible to end homelessness in Kern County. IT TAKES US ALL…especially rural communities, faith based partners, and others!

Not only does the Collaborative work hard, they work smart! Service provider members are in the trenches doing this work day in and day out. Long before the day that the Point-in-Time Count, homelessness advocates have identified areas of need. Some examples are:

  •        They already had 150 families in the process of a housing connection at the end of January.
  •        Another 91 families will be connected with housing through DHS’ Welfare to Work Family Stabilization unit in the next 18 months.
  •        Collaborative vouchers are all prioritized through an assessment process where the most vulnerable receiving “Housing First”.
  •        Job Programs and initiatives are in place through local shelters and the City of Bakersfield.
  •        Several agencies have been trained and are working on the identified subpopulation in need “Single Unaccompanied Women”.
  •        A Homeless Youth task group began meeting last fall and now community youth leaders have been meeting since January to strategize and head off the rise in homeless youth, specifically those ages 14 to 24.
  •        Increased efforts with law enforcement and local hospitals and health plans are making tremendous strides in connecting folks to resources TOGETHER!

If your agency would like a “Myths of Homelessness” presentation or hear more about the work of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative, please contact us! We also have a Quick Referral Tool that we train our members and community partners to use and it can be a great resource for your business, agency or place of worship. We would be happy to meet with you. Call 661 834 2734 or find out more information about efforts to prevent or end homelessness in Kern and how you can be a part.

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