Opportunities to Participate through Membership
Two categories of participation are opportunities for community members to be involved in the
Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC).
KCHC is made up of Kern County nonprofit homeless assistance providers, victim service providers,
faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts,
social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers,
law enforcement, and organizations that serve veterans and homeless and formerly homeless individuals.
Participants and members of the KCHC are working together to assist those at risk for homelessness
and people and families who are homeless, to transition into a life of self-sufficiency.
Two categories of participation are opportunities for community members to be involved: "Community Partners"
participate in committees and as volunteers. "Members" pay $500 each year (in August or September).
Most of all membership provides a collective voice towards advocating for the homeless and educating local,
state and federal stakeholders, philanthropic agencies and the public at large.
Paid members receive:
Opportunities to participate in funding applications, especially the annual HUD / NOFA process;
Participation in leadership roles as committee chairs and co-chairs;
Use of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS);
Priority participation in events such as the Homelessness Census, Veteran Stand Down,
Project Connect, SOAR, outreach events, and focused projects providing housing and services;
Assistance with homelessness efforts of agencies;
Branding on the KCHC website; and
Social media promotion of the member's work.
Kern County Homeless Collaborative seeks to partner with all members of Kern County communties in the mission:
To put an end to homelessness in Kern County through collaborative planning and action.
For more detailed benefits and dues processes select the "HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER" link (at right)
for dues payment instructions. For more information on how to become a KCHC paying or volunteer member,
please contact the Homelessness Project Manager at Christine.L@UWKern.org or (661) 834-2734.
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