Kern County housing programs.

Kern County residents can get help with their housing needs from non-profit and government resources. Numerous agencies run transitional housing programs and/or emergency shelters. While most of the sites are located in Bakersfield California, resources are available across the greater Kern County area.

The programs will have conditions that need to be met by applicants. Some centers focus on the homeless, veterans, or single parents. Others take a more-pro-active approach to preventing evictions and homelessness and may refer clients to rental assistance programs. Regardless, the various organizations in Kern County California will provide people a place to stay. This will give them time to gain self-sufficiency and find a more permanent home or apartment.

Other resources can include help in applying for low income government housing, applying for benefits, or information on security deposit assistance. In addition, throughout this process, work with a case manager on initiatives such as employment assistance and job training.

New Life Recovery and Training Center
3501 Edison Hwy
Bakersfield, California, 93307
Call (661) 366-8003
The non-profit organization runs a vocational training program in the construction trades to address the needs of the youth who are at risk of becoming involved in gangs. They are a 42 bed transitional living facility that helps transition the AB109 Population back into society.

Bakersfield Homeless Center
Main address is 1600 East Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA, 93305
The currently homeless may receive help in finding a new home or apartment, and this is called rapid rehousing. Other resources include transitional housing services, which is a personalized case management plan, vocational counseling and housing search assistance. An emergency shelter is also available for Kern County individuals. It includes clothes, hygiene kits, food, and furniture. Limited financial assistance may be available.




Bakersfield Rescue Mission
Location - 816 E 21st St.
Bakersfield, CA 93305
For intake, call (661) 325-4565 

Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault
Location is 1921 19th Street
Bakersfield, CA, 93301
Call 661-322-0931
Runs a shelter for battered women. The organization can provide emergency shelter for 60 days to victims of domestic violence, including their children. Legal aid may be offered. In addition, the center provides short term transitional housing for individuals who have been in the shelter. They will also access education, case management and financial literacy classes.

Saint Vincent de Paul
The office is at 316 Baker Street
Bakersfield, California, 93307
Main Phone - 661-323-7340
Offers numerous social services, including information on shelter, low income housing, emergency rental assistance, and other support for the recently evicted. Assistance is also available for the homeless in Kern County.

Tabitha's Sober Living Home
404 South Williams Street
Bakersfield, California, 93307
Dial 661-637-1982
Low cost housing and other resources are for people looking for a sober living environment.





Clinica Sierra Vista Incorporated - Homeless Respite Program "La Posada"
520 Monterey St.
Bakersfield, California, 93305
(661) 322-6643
Housing and shelter is for qualified adults who are too ill to manage in a shelter, but they are not sick or ill enough to require a hospital stay. Assessments, referrals to clinics and medications, and other assistance is offered.

Salvation Army
Call 661-837-4243
Numerous social services are available. Learn about regional shelters, housing for senior citizens, and other assistance, such as a food pantry.

Alpha House
Main address: 207 7th Street, Po Box 712
Taft CA, 93268
Temporary Emergency Shelter for women and their children. Also offers legal services for child custody or restraining orders. Job training, life saving medication, and a crisis line are but a few of the other programs offered.

Kern County Department of Human Services and the Jamison Children’s Center, KCDHS
1010 Shalimar Drive
Bakersfield, California, 93306
Shelter for abused, neglected and exploited children in Kern County.

Panacea Services, Inc. - Kern Consortium for Community Services
Address: 505 Union Avenue
Bakersfield, California, 93307
Telephone - 661-323-4357

Bakersfield AIDS Project
910 Grace Street
Bakersfield, CA, 93305
Phone - 661-872-9090
Offers referral services, advocacy and direct resources. They try to prevent evictions and the resulting homelessness. Also get free information and referrals for programs such as hospice and transitional housing. Food, bus vouchers, and more are passed out as well to HIV/AIDs patients.





Bakersfield Homeless Center
1600 E Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Call (661) 322-9199

Kern County Department of Human Services
Main address is 1801 Belle Terrace
Bakersfield, California, 93301
Administers a Transitional Housing Program for emancipated teenagers and/or foster care youth who are currently or are at immediate risk of becoming homeless. They also give cash aid, public health insurance, grants for housing needs and more. Self-sufficiency is available as well to tenants or the homeless. More on Kern County public assistance.

West Care California
Offers free case management, information, temporary transitional housing and more.

California Veterans Assistance Foundation
Address is 729 Decatur Street
Bakersfield, CA, 93308
Homeless veterans facing eviction, behind on their rent, or that are currently homeless are the focus. The agency provides referral services that include employment resources, support groups for addictions, living skill classes, computer classes, and other assistance focused on finding and maintaining housing or apartments.

Covenant Community Services
1700 North Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, California, 93308
Telephone - 661-829-6999





Kern County Shelter Plus Care Program
Call Flood Bakersfield Ministries at (661) 323-5663
This is for homeless disabled individuals. There may be transitional housing, case management, and other shelter services.


By Jon McNamara

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