BAKERSFIELD KERN REGIONAL HOMELESS COLLABORATIVE
The BKRHC is a network all working together to end homelessness: of nonprofit homeless service providers, victim service providers, faith based organizations, governments, business, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement, homeless and formerly homeless (including veterans).
STREET OUTREACH PROGRAMS
HOMELESS OUTREACH PROGRAM (HOP)
Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
Through HOP, Flood has six street outreach teams (four in metro Bakersfield and two in rural Kern County) tasked with engaging people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in their surroundings such as encampments, abandoned buildings, parks, meal programs, bus stations, streets, alleys, vehicles and other places not meant for human habitation. After engaging clients on the streets, Flood outreach teams seek to triage, assess and link them to mental health or substance use disorders treatment. Flood outreach teams also provide referrals to community resources, vital document acquisition, and shelter placements, with the goal of moving them to stable housing as quickly as possible.
EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT (ESG)
ESG is a Federal formula grant administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that is distributed to state and local jurisdictions which are then passed-through to various community organizations like Flood. ESG can be used for emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing, data collection and street outreach. Flood receives ESG funding from both the City of Bakersfield and the County of Kern to provide street outreach. Flood uses this funding to provide essential services related to outreach and engagement to unsheltered homeless individuals and families, connecting them to emergency shelter, housing, or critical services, and providing them with urgent, non-facility-based care, case management, emergency health and mental health services, and even transportation to services.
WHOLE PERSON CARE (WPC)
WPC is State-funded pilot program designed to coordinate health, behavioral health and social services for people experiencing homeless that are considered high-utilizers of inpatient and emergency medical services. The goal of the program is to improve health outcomes of those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness and to minimize costs to the system. Flood liaisons and collaborates with Kern Medical and other private and public entities to ensure that barriers to good health for WPC clients are minimized. Flood provides intakes and assessments of high-utilizers and then makes appropriate referrals to WPC and other, appropriate community resources. Flood also provides verification of homeless status for potential WPC clients.
RURAL MOTEL VOUCHER PROGRAM
The Rural Motel Voucher (RMV) Program makes available state Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funds for emergency, temporary lodging to qualified families and individuals who are currently experiencing or are imminently at-risk of experiencing homelessness in the outlying areas of Kern County. In addition to demonstrating a qualifying need for the services based on the program’s eligibility criteria, clients must agree to sign, and adhere to the program’s Agreement for Assistance.
The purpose of the Rural Motel Voucher Program is to provide short-term intervention assistance for homeless individuals and families when access to shelter is limited and/or no shelter beds are available. While a motel voucher is not a permanent solution, it allows clients a safe place to stay off the streets while service providers work with them to find an appropriate solution to their housing instability.
HOUSING NAVIGATION PROGRAMS
HOUSING AND DISABILITY ADVOCACY PROGRAM (HDAP)
Kern County Department of Human Services
HDAP is intended to support participants in meeting two important program goals: securing disability benefits for clients and stabilizing them in permanent housing. The program offers outreach, case management, disability benefits advocacy, and housing assistance concurrently. The goal of HDAP is to provide temporary housing while a final disability benefits determination is made and the participant is stabilized and remains in permanent housing.
HOME SAFE - KERN COUNTY AGING AND ADULT SERVICES
Home Safe serves Adult Protective Services (APS) clients that are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of homelessness due to elder or adult dependent abuse, neglect, self-neglect or financial exploitation. The goal of the Home Safe Program is to support the safety and housing stability of individuals involved in APS by providing housing-related assistance using evidence-based practices for homeless assistance and prevention.
Permanent Housing / Case Management Programs
Project HOME is a permanent housing project for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. Ending homelessness for these populations aligns with HUD’s top priorities to end chronic and family homelessness. Flood assists participants in obtaining and retaining permanent housing exclusively through Tenant-based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Vouchers for specific Housing Authority of the County of Kern (HACK) housing projects. Flood works extensively with community substance abuse and health care providers across the Homeless Collaborative to best meet the needs of participants. Flood's responsibilities include locating eligible participants selection within Kern's Coordinated Entry System (CES), completing the application process, finding appropriate housing, assisting with move in, and providing advocacy and support. Flood believes that access to stable affordable housing is a critical first step for persons experiencing homelessness in the recovery process and eventual reintegration into society.
Casa Bella is a Rental Assistance project that provides permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals and families in Kern County. The Housing Authority provides rental assistance vouchers to eligible homeless disabled individuals and families referred through the coordinated entry process. The rental assistance is based on the income of the household and is paid to the landlord. Security deposit assistance can be provided as needed and the rental assistance can continue indefinitely.
Casa Bella participants receive assistance from Flood Bakersfield Ministries (Flood) in finding a suitable home anywhere in the community and the Housing Authority inspects the unit prior to move-in and annually to insure it is safe. Flood provides ongoing case management to help the homeless person remain in the housing and increase their income.
PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING BONUS CONSOLIDATED
Permanent Supportive Housing Bonus Consolidated
The PSB Consolidated Project is a permanent supportive housing project serving chronically homeless disabled persons in Kern County, including those who have the longest history of homelessness. One hundred and six tenant based rental assistance vouchers provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless disabled persons. The Housing Authority partners with Flood Bakersfield Ministries for the street outreach and case management services to the participants. Flood also provides ongoing case management to help the homeless person remain in housing and increase their income.