Flood’s Street Outreach Teams seek to identify and engage people living in unsheltered locations, such as in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, encampments, and the streets. The Street Outreach teams conduct triage and assessment of people experiencing homelessness, link or connect them to immediate resources such as mental health services, substance use care, shelters, case-management and housing navigation. Our Street Outreach teams reach people who might not otherwise seek assistance or come to the attention of the homelessness service system. Flood ensures that people’s basic needs are met while supporting them along pathways toward housing stability. These efforts play a critical role within the Bakersfield-Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative system of care designed to reduce and end homelessness.
Housing is the answer to homelessness. Finding a way to get people off the streets and into safe, secure housing begins the process of bringing transformation for people suffering from homelessness.
Housing navigation connects a homeless individual with a trained and experienced staff member to develop a housing plan, address the barriers identified during the plan, acquire documentation and complete forms required for housing. It also involves a housing search which includes attending property owner meetings, setting appointments, and assisting with paperwork related to housing applications. Housing navigation includes tasks involved with securing housing which includes inspections, utility startups, and the move-in to their new home.
Once clients are placed into housing, Flood Case Managers provide guidance and support to address issues and help clients stay in their housing. Case Managers provide clients help with furnishing their new homes and ongoing support for the next steps of achieving stability in their lives, Stability and life transformation includes addressing physical, emotional, and medical needs as well as things such as life skills training. Encouraging healthy community and spiritual growth is key to transformation. Connecting people to healthy community is also key to transformation and spiritual growth. Flood leans on the church community and other resources in Kern County to help restore and transform lives.