News and Updates

Kern Recovers Nonprofit Grant Program

Nonprofit entities play an important role in supporting our local economy, addressing unmet needs of the most needy in our society, and improving the quality of life in Kern County. Many of these entities rely on fundraisers and donations which have been eliminated or greatly reduced due to COVID-19. This program is designed to support […]

The Bakersfield Californian: “County ready to put words into ‘action,’ address homelessness after Homekey award”

The Bakersfield Californian reporter Quinn Wilson covered the recent announcement of a nearly $15 million grant award to the Housing Authority of the County of Kern to expand the inventory of permanent supportive housing in Kern County. You can read the article online here: County ready to put words into ‘action,’ address homelessness after Homekey […]

Local organizations launch COVID-19 rent and mortgage assistance programs

Local organizations launch COVID-19 rent and mortgage assistance programs One-time financial assistance available for individuals who have lost income or incurred medical bills due to COVID-19 CONTACT: Anna Laven, Ed.D., BKRHC Executive Director, 310-592-8557, anna.laven@bkrhc.org BAKERSFIELD, CA – The Bakersfield-Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative (BKRHC) and its members, the Housing Authority of the County of Kern […]

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 […]

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