New affordable housing complex in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

Dozens of homeless families and teens transitioning out of foster care will now have a new place to call home thanks to several different Kern County organizations.

 

Kern County Homeless Collaborative, Golden Empire Affordable Housing, Covenant Community Services, Kern County Mental Health Department and Housing Authority of the County of Kern all helped make the Residences at West Columbus project a reality.

It's a multi-million dollar complex and now people like Tracey Reyes can call it home.

"It means a lot. It's a blessing to have something like this, " said Reyes.

Reyes was homeless for almost three years and every day was a struggle.

"There was violence, drugs and a lot of stuff going on. I didn't want to be involved. I was scared for my life and what was going to happen."

But, with a roof over her head Reyes will be able to go back to school and start a new life."

 

"Now that I'm stable I can get a job and not worry about what I'm going to do or like struggle."

 

"It's something they never imagined they were going to have, their own apartment, their own home so it goes beyond just having a home to having hope for these people," said Homeless project manager Louis Medina.

 

And former foster teen Precious Murphy told 23 ABC News having a home means no more worrying for foster youth.

"They knew that no one is going to kick them out and no one is going to tell them they have to move so it's really fun because they have no more worries," said Murphy.

There are 20 units for transition age youth and 36 for low-income families. Youth living at the complex will also receive life training skills and support.

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