The Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) began carrying out a full Homeless Census (aka Point-in-Time count) of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons throughout Kern County every year. Prior to that, the census was conducted in alternate years.
This complex yet crucial activity takes place over a 24-hour period during the last ten days of the month of January. Critical to grant funding this helps to ensure that statistical data reflects both need and outcomes for those serving the homeless population.
In addition to being used for service provider grants of many size, the Homeless Census is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which funds $3 to $5 million dollars in housing and supportive services within Kern County, each year. This data collected by HUD, is compiled to an Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress helping
KCHC Homeless Census Reports
Click on a link for past Homeless Census summaries:
- Complete the Volunteer Application form; and note:
- Section 1: Provide an email address, and at least two or three phone numbers (cell and home or cell and work).
- Section 2: A birthdate is required. Info about your special skills, including fluency in other languages, especially Spanish and American Sign Language, is tremendously helpful.
- Section 3: Check ONLY the Homeless Census box under Special Events.
- Section 3: List any physical limitations we should be aware of.
- Section 4: An emergency contact is required.
- Finally, type the two code words requested at the bottom and select submit.
- An acknowledgment email will be sent to the email address provided. You will be contacted by phone or email by the Census Committee in the weeks that follow. The Census Committee meets monthly (beginning in August), and volunteers are invited to attend, but not required. Click here to go to our KCHC Calendar.
Volunteering commitments include:
- Receiving training (approximately two hours) scheduled between November and January, providing tips and tools on surveying people who are homeless.
- Assisting with the Homeless Census in late January. Every effort is made to keep volunteers in their city/area of residence, but those who offer to reach out to rural areas are greatly appreciated; and those volunteering special skill sets such as being bilingual are greatly in demand.
- Depending on availability, experience and eagerness, offering to be the driver or team leader for your Unsheltered Homeless Census Team is a tremendous “in-kind” gift.
Thank you for helping fulfill the mission: To put an end to homelessness in Kern County through collaborative planning and action.
For additional info about the Census Committee please contact 2015 Census Chair Heather Kimmel at Heather.Kimmel@cavaf.org or the Homelessness Project Manager, Christine Lollar, at (661) 834-2734 or Christine.L@UWKern.org.