At the halfway mark since "Home First! Kern's 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness" was launched in May 2008, our community can boast:
An impressive 23% reduction in homelessness throughout Kern.
At the halfway mark since "Home First! Kern's 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness" was launched in May 2008, our community can boast:
761 new permanent supportive housing beds for the homeless.
At the halfway mark since "Home First! Kern's 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness" was launched in May 2008, our community can boast:
A renewed commitment to ending rural homelessness by implementing coordinated countywide outreach.
At the halfway mark since "Home First! Kern's 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness" was launched in May 2008, our community can boast:
Increased benefits-based incomes for the homeless through SOAR and other effective linkage programs.
At the halfway mark since "Home First! Kern's 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness" was launched in May 2008, our community can boast:
Decreased homelessness among persons exiting correctional institutions thanks to coordinated discharge planning and advocacy.
The Mission:

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

News & Announcements

04/10/15
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 read more

02/27/15
KCHC 2015 HOMELESSNESS CENSUS KCHC 2015 HOMELESSNESS CENSUS 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 read more

01/27/15
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 read more

01/27/15
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. read more

01/22/15
Youth - The Invisible Homeless 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 read more

12/23/14
Homeless Collaborative invites census workers Kern County Homeless Collaborative invites 250 volunteers to help conduct a countywide Homelessness Census January 22 through 23, 2015. read more

11/26/14
Thankful for a home After being homeless for several years Fredrick Herrera is spending Thanksgiving having moved into a place he can call home. read more

11/13/14
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! read more

11/07/14
KCHC selected for Zero: 2016 national effort 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 read more

02/20/14
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. read more

11/26/14
HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS....AND HOPE! Kern County is an amazing place and opportunities are in motion to serve, receive assistance, and be a community UNITED! Read more about the holiday happenings. To be considered and included in this website list, submit your holiday events to Christine.L@UWKern.org. read more

11/13/14
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 read more

09/05/14
IT'S MEMBERSHIP TIME! Please consider participating through membership in the Kern County Homeless Collaborative. Through membership you are equipping and empowering a collective work of tremendous value, investing in our community! read more


KCHC Members

As the Bakersfield/Kern Continuum of Care (CoC), KCHC is a network of community individuals; nonprofit, faith-based, business and government organizations; and individuals who were or are homeless, working together to end homelessness.

KCHC members and partners, work very hard to compassionately serve those facing the challenges of homelessness - and each other.



Faces of Homelessness

Upcoming Events

Direct Service Outreach - The Mission at Kern Co.
Date: Apr 29, 2015 This outreach event takes place at The Mission at Kern County, 724 E. 21st Street, starting at 3:30 p.m. April 30, June 25, August 27 and October 29, 2014. Service providers interested in ...
Time: 3:30 PM
CoC Planning and Performance Committee
Date: Apr 29, 2015 Coordinates the application and ranking process for projects seeking HUD CoC funding; liaises with the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Committee to ensure reporting of quality data (APRs ...
Time: 10:00 AM

Currently at KCHC

If you would like to learn more about homelessness and the work of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative, contact us at 834-2734 or homeless@kernhomeless.org for a presentation to your group or school.