Homeless Help

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Connecting Needs to Resources


The Kern County Homeless Collaborative can connect people to resources and agencies who are the best connection to Housing First and services. The KCHC organization does not itself dispense money to households.


WHO CAN HELP? Any KCHC member agency is an open door to ending homelessness and part of the Coordinated Entry System. If you seek help and an agency cannot help, they will redirect you to the appropriate agency.


Call (dial on the phone) 2-1-1

Toll Free: 800 273 2275
TTY: 800 551 1868



KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HELP? – If you know someone who needs help, they also need to want to be helped. Many times people who are chronically homeless cannot envision what it is to “live housed” again.  CONTACT US



Literally Homeless: Individuals or families who lack a fixed, adequate nighttime residence

  • Their primary nighttime residence is not meant for human habitation;
  • They live in a shelter (including transitional housing or hotels paid for by someone else or an agency or
  • Are exiting an institution where they lived less than 90 days; and resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before being admitted.

At Risk for Homelessness: Individuals or families who will lose their primary nighttime residence, and:

  • Their residence will be lost within 14 days of the date;
  • No other residence has been identified; and
  • They lack the resources or support network for other permanent housing.

Homeless under other Federal Statutes: Unaccompanied youth under 25 years old; or families with children and youth, who do not qualify as homeless under HUD’s definition, but who:

  • Are defined as homeless under the other listed federal statutes (e.g. McKinney Vento or IHSS, staying in a hotel, doubled up)
  • Have not had a lease, ownership interest, or occupancy agreement in permanent housing in the 60 days before the homeless assistance application;
  • Have experienced consistent instability (moving two or more times during the last 60 days); and
  • Expect no solution due to special needs or barriers.

Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence: Any individual, family, youth or child who:

  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence;
  • Has no other residence; and
  • Lacks the resources or support network to obtain other permanent housing.