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Rent assistance in Bakersfield California and Kern County.

Locate help with paying rent or housing expenses in the Bakersfield region as well as Kern County. There are several charity agencies, churches and government programs that focus on this specific need as every year thousands of local families face eviction. Find how to get rental or security deposit assistance in Kern County near you below, free motel or section 8 housing vouchers, or locate a new, more affordable home or apartment in Kern County.

However it is always worth calling one or more of these Bakersfield CA and Kern County charitable or government agencies for financial help. There may be grants to help with rent or utility bill, or money to help the homeless pay for moving or storage costs. Even if they have no funds, an agency can provide renters with information or referrals to organizations that do. The options range from government grants for security deposits or back rent to loans from charities or non-profits.

The application process will vary based upon the agency and the funding they have. Call the organization below to get the specifics on how you can apply for rental assistance. In general, income and asset requirements are in place. Information and applications to rent or deposit help is in both Spanish and English. Some programs are also funded by local or national government grants as well.

Places in Bakersfield CA that help with rent or security deposits

Salvation Army has multiple sites. The address of the branch is 4417 Wilson Road, Bakersfield, California 93309. The Salvation Army is a national organization that is committed to helping the poor, unemployed, elderly, and others. This is the local Bakersfield branch. They will often have money to help pay rent or other housing expenses, such as energy bills or security deposits. Or they give free furniture or household items. Phone number - (661) 836-8487 or try 661.325.8626 or dial toll free at 800.958.7825. Find more details on Salvation Army housing programs in Bakersfield.

Bethany Services - Call them for rental assistance, referrals to local and state government programs and charities. There is also shelter for women with children and families. The address is 1600 East Truxtun, Bakersfield, California 93305. Phone number of the agency - (661) 322-9199 or 661.322.9294.




  • Bethany Services also runs the Homeless Center of Bakersfield. This is a leading housing programs including the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This can provide rent funds in an emergency when someone is faced with eviction or an utility disconnection. There is also a day room, use of computer for applying for benefits, or transitional housing.
    The Center solves both evictions as well as rehousing. Government grants pay arrears on rent, water, or energy bills. There may also be free legal aid arranged to the tenant as well as funding provided for utility or rental deposits on a new apartment. More on eviction and rehousing in Kern County. Call (661) 322-9294

Kern County Homeless Collaborative is an organization made up of many non-profit and charity organizations which is organized by the Untied Way. While a focus is on prevention, there may also be transitional housing or funds for security deposits for the currently homeless. A combination of federal government grants may be used for paying rent or other housing expenses. However some qualified individuals may be able to receive a loan that needs to be repaid for rental costs to stop an eviction.

To learn more, call the Referral Service of Kern County. While the Bakersfield based United Way can’t provide money on its own, they partner with and fund many local non-profits, housing agencies, and rent programs. There is a free referral service that can direct someone to the best resource or local assistance program for their housing needs. Get information on funds for rent costs, shelters, moving help, mortgage payments, utilities and more. Call 211.

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance is a free service across Kern County. Lawyers, speaking both Spanish or English, help stop evictions. Or get assistance in applying for section 8 rent subsidized homes, disability, or addressing housing discrimination. The lawyers are free and are both full time staff as well as volunteers. Address is 615 California Ave, Bakersfield, California 93304. Or call (661) 325-5943 for intake.





Catholic Social Services rent assistance programs is from churches in Kern County. Center address is 825 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301. The charity can help with rent, utilities, and even offer food. They help immigrants (documented) or not with basic needs or housing. Or get affordable legal aid and help for women facing domestic violence. Phone - 661.281.2130.

Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault is at 1921 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Telephone - 661.322.0931. Information on housing assistance, eviction prevention, and legal support for qualified cases and individuals. A focus is on domestic violence victims and also addressing the rental needs of single parents or mothers in Kern County.

St. Vincent de Paul pays rent when funding is available (note it is often limited). SVDP also offers emergency furniture, among other forms of aid. All financial aid for deposits or rental expenses depends on money raised from the community. The parish is at 300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. Dial for help -  (661) 323-7340.

Kern County Community Action Partnership offers various housing solutions. There is referrals to low cost housing. Or get help applying for government grant money to pay rent, home buying services, transitional housing, and homeless prevention. There are also budgeting and homebuying loan programs. Utility bill help may be combined with rent assistance as well. More on Kern County Community Action Partnership.

Helping Hand Ministries and the Community Christian Service Center offer various services. They operate from 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, California 93240. Whether it is a few dollars for rent or energy bills, or free motel vouchers or homeless shelter, resources are offered. Financial aid is also provided in Spanish and to immigrants. Call (760) 379-5100

Kern County Housing rental assistance and housing helpline is a free service. Low income families, immigrants or farm workers and other can learn about local assistance programs. Find places that help with rent or security deposits. Or financial aid to pay storage or moving costs. There is legal aid to stop evictions and much more. Call (661) 336-5200 for referrals (in English and Spanish) to various regional rental assistance programs.




Bakersfield CA based Housing Authority of Kern County has an on site coordinator. The staff finds solutions to housing problems, including emergency section 8 HUD or regular vouchers. It offers low income housing as well as family self-sufficiency. The center identifies California Section 8 and Low Income Public Housing participants as well as qualified applicants. Call (661) 335-0528 for information on section 8 HCV or rent subsidized apartments.

Love, Inc. of Greater Bakersfield, which can be reached at 661.325.8838, is another option. A number of programs and services are offered for individuals. They have a Clearing house for referrals. The charity will help people who may decide to call directly or they will work with another local agency. In many cases, Love may decide to fax a referral on behalf of the client. While rent and housing assistance is not a priority, some of the other resources include home maintenance, appliance repair, furniture, appliances, and information on weatherization.

California Rural Legal Assistance offers help to immigrants or farm workers. Housing needs can be addressed, such as disputes with landlords over unpaid rent or unsafe apartments. Call the Delano agency at 661-725-4350.

Family Resource Centers are located in several towns and communities in Kern County. The offices can offer emergency, one time rental assistance to low income tenants, seniors, or the disabled. There are also homeless and eviction prevention services, food, ESL classes and more.

However, priority for any funds for rent is on the most vulnerable that are self-sufficient, such as seniors or low income families with a job. Some of the numbers are Mc Farland (call 661-792-1883), Frazier Park (dial 661-245-4303) or Delano (661-721-7036).

CityServe Network operates the Eviction Prevention Starting Point program. There is landlord-tenant mediation and other housing solutions. The address is 3201 F Street, Bakersfield, California 93301. For information, dial 661-558-4441.

Wounded Heroes Fund only helps veterans from an office at 3121 Standard Street, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Everything from SSVF grant money for bills (rent, utility, mortgages) to free motel vouchers, moving cost help, or applications to affordable housing. There is also case management, job programs, and VA benefits. Call 661-328-8600.





Taft Necessary Emergency Economic Distinct Site is for low-income families in Taft only. Get referrals as well as immediate rental, utility, or deposit help. Address is 518 Main Street, Taft, CA 93268. Telephone: 661-763-4888.

Sharing And Caring of Tehachapi supports the town only. Residents can dial 661-822-3001. Whether bus tickets or motel vouchers for transiet people, or one time rental arrears assistance or other support, the agency works to help struggling residents. Also get household supplies, furniture for a new home, and clothes for the homeless. Location is 230 South Pauley Street, Tehachapi, California 93561.


By Jon McNamara

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