Kern County's ten-year plan to end chronic homelessness on track after five year mark

Ten-year plan, Home First!, introduced in 2008

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County's ten-year-plan to end homelessness turned five last month.

In May 2008, Mayor Harvey Hall introduced 'Home First!', a ten-year- plan to end chronic homelessness in Kern County which was compiled by Kern County Homeless Collaborative Fiscal Sponsor United Way of Kern County.

The ten-year plan focused on a plan to end chronic homelessness with three main objectives and 15 main goals.

To read the entire ten-year plan to end chronic homelessness, go here :

The KCHC said that in the five years that have passed since the introduction of plan, the community is on track and has met most goals and objectives.

KCHC said they saw a result of a 23 percent reduction in the number of homeless persons counted in the countywide Point-in-Time Homeless Census of 2013, versus those counted in 2009.

Among the goals that have been met so far, one is goal ten of the plan.  Goal ten states that 520 new permanent supportive housing beds for the homeless were to be created.  As of the five-year-mark, 761 such beds were created--that's 46 percent above goal.

To read a full nine-page progress report on all the objectives and goals of Home First! at the halfway mark, go here :

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