Rally Point program helps homeless and disabled veterans in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - More than a dozen homeless or disabled veterans have found new homes in the past year thanks to the Rally Point program.

The California Veterans Assistance Foundation is in charge of the program. Rally Point is a Housing Urban Development funded permanent housing program for low income and disabled veterans.

23ABC first told you about the program last year. Since then the CVAF has helped 13 veterans through Rally Point. Many of the veterans now no longer need assistance from the organization.

Nick Waldrop is one of the veterans who received help from the program.

Waldrop was in a car wreck on the Garces Circle nine years ago and suffered severe brain damage. He then had to learn how to do simple things like walking and talking all over again.

“I was in a coma for 48 days. I’ve been to all kinds of rehabs,” said Waldrop.

Since the crash, Waldrop has graduated college and is now working to become a part of the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department. Waldrop is also married with two kids and he now has an apartment to start a life with them.

“God has really blessed me. God has changed my life,” said Waldrop.

“Homelessness is not just one shape size, or category. It really is everything,” explained Heather Kimmel, Executive Director for the California Veterans Assistance Foundation.

The CVAF has one unit available right now, but also has several pending applications for it. There will be upcoming projects to find more homes for veterans in need in Kern County.

To learn more about the CVAF click here.

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