News and Updates

Housing Authority awarded nearly $15 million to expand Permanent Supportive Housing in Kern County

Yesterday, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, it was announced that the Housing Authority of the County of Kern will receive nearly $15 million from the State of California to purchase and rehabilitate existing housing, converting it into permanent supportive housing. BKRHC Executive Director Anna Laven, Ed.D., released the following statement: Homelessness ends when every person in […]

Rep. Kevin McCarthy introduces bill to help address veteran homelessness

Today, local Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) introduced a bill designed to help address veteran homelessness. The Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act of 2020 to ensure that our nation’s homeless veterans receive HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program vouchers and supportive services that they deserve.  You can read more about the bill, including statements from Reps. McCarthy, […]

BKRHC Statement regarding the Bakersfield City Council decision on Kern Project Roomkey

“BKRHC is disappointed in tonight’s decision of the City Council to not approve a Conditional Use Permit for Kern Project Roomkey. Our region’s unsheltered homeless population remain at high-risk for contracting COVID-19, many of whom are especially vulnerable to adverse health outcomes from COVID-19. Tonight’s decision highlights the difficulty of addressing homelessness. BKRHC and our […]

COMMUNITY VOICES: Kern Project Roomkey will help our most vulnerable homeless population

By Anna Laven, Stephen Pelz and Deborah Johnson. A version of this op-ed appeared in The Bakersfield Californian. To view the original post, click here. The Housing Authority of the County of Kern, California Veterans Assistance Foundation and Bakersfield-Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative are on the frontlines working to end homelessness in our communities and build […]

BKRHC HHAP Gaps Analysis Report

The purpose of this report is to provide a brief analysis of homeless services and funding needs to help inform the Bakersfield Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative (BKRHC), County of Kern, and City of Bakersfield in prioritizing uses for the new State Homeless Housing Assistance and Prevention Program (HHAP) block grant.

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