The Kern County Homeless Collaborative will be receiving $2.8 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for new programs to fight homelessness locally, according to a HUD press release issued today. The Bakersfield Californian covered the news online and in print.
The local award is part of $201 million HUD has awarded for fiscal year 2011-12 to Continuums of Care on homelessness around the country.
“With renewal projects also funded in the amount of $2.3 million, that means our community has received more than $5 million in funding from HUD for projects to prevent homelessness this year,” said Louis Medina, Homelessness Project Manager for United Way of Kern County.
“This is a game changer for Kern County, with millions of dollars of new funding coming consistently to our county for three years,” said Homeless Collaborative Steering Committee Chair Kim Albers, Executive Director of FLOOD Bakersfield Ministries. “Our mindset needs to change from helping the homeless to ending homelessness,” she said.
The newly funded projects, totaling $2,812,956, are as follows:
- Lugar de Refugio Shelter Plus Care Voucher Program of the Housing Authority of the County of Kern: $1,517,820
- Lugar de Refugio Bonus Voucher Program of the Housing Authority of the County of Kern: $473,700
- Rally Point Veterans Supportive Housing Program of California Veterans Assistance Foundation: $271,459
- Transitional Housing Rehabilitation Program of the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault: $350,980
- Casa Nueva II Placement and Supportive Services Project of Bethany Services: $97,000
- Project Home 2 Supportive Services Project of FLOOD Bakersfield Ministries: $101,997
“These projects specifically target our veterans, the disabled and victims of domestic violence,” Albers said.
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative is a network of more than two dozen nonprofit service providers, policymakers, businesses, charitable and faith-based organizations, volunteers and formerly homeless individuals all working together on behalf of the homeless and at-risk in Kern County.
Collaborative members provide shelter and food, supportive services, housing vouchers, job training and placement, and other types of assistance to help the homeless become self-sufficient.