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

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Sad Day, Union Tent City Walls Come Down, and More
It was a very sad day today for the Kern County Homeless Collaborative, and even more so for the residents who have chosen to live at the Union Avenue encampment known as Tent City, as the City of Bakersfield’s Code Enforcement Department removed the walls, fence and tent homes. Dozens of service providers and community partners join with the residents in mourning the loss of what these househo ...more 

2015 Homelessness Census "Team Riverbed". PHOTO: Michael Fagans, United Way 2015
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) is pleased to announce the results of the annual 2015 Homelessness Census for the intention of keeping the community informed about the work of ending homelessness; for strategic planning, community development, and local and federal governments. The 24 hour Census was conducted Thursday, January 22, through Friday, January 23. The KCHC has organized a ...more 
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 
HUD announces $3.75m in local funding
US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro announced January 26, 2015, the awarding of $1.8 billion in grants to support nearly 8,400 homeless housing and service programs across the US. The Continuum of Care (CoC) grants awarded today included $3,750,970 for Kern County.
Youth - The Invisible Homeless
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC), as part of a state wide effort, will add a youth homelessness focus to the annual Homelessness Census taking place Friday, January 23. The effort is made possible by a $2,000 grant received by the KCHC from the California Homeless Youth Project (CHYP). The Project is led by UC Berkeley and funded by California Wellness Foundation. Ages 12 to 24 are no ...more 
Homeless Collaborative invites census workers
Kern County Homeless Collaborative invites 250 volunteers to help conduct a countywide Homelessness Census January 22 through 23, 2015.
Thankful for a home
After being homeless for several years Fredrick Herrera is spending Thanksgiving having moved into a place he can call home.
Hunger and Homelessness Week
We believe that understanding the issue is always the first step in resolving it. Watch this week, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, for a social media campaign about the myths and realities of homelessness. Here are some resources with great information about the challenges of being homeless and working to end homelessness, and happenings around the county, November 15-23, 2014!
KCHC selected for Zero: 2016 national effort
Kern County has been selected as one of 68 US communities to participate in ‘Zero: 2016’, a two year national campaign to end veteran and chronic homelessness. The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) will work intensively to lead the local effort to meet end veteran homelessness by December 2015 and chronic homelessness by December 2016. The initiative is a rigorous follow-up to the successf ...more 
2014 Kern County Point-In-Time Homeless Count
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative has announced the results of its recently completed Point-in-Time Homeless Census.
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Kern County Homeless Collaborative applies for $4m
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 serv ...more 
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