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BKRHC approves grant funding for COVID-19 Prevention, Containment programs

Homeless (FILE)
Posted at 3:20 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 19:19:30-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.  — The Bakersfield-Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative Executive Board approved over $220,000 in one-time grant funding to local homeless service providers for COVID-19 prevention and containment programs.

“Our homeless service providers are moving swiftly to help our homeless neighbors contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Anna Laven, Ed.D., BKRHC executive director. “These grant allocations are funding innovative programs in every part of Kern County, so we can keep our COVID-19 transmission rates low and focus our attention on reopening the economy and implementing long-term solutions to address homelessness in our community.”

Eligible uses for the funding were determined based on the needs of persons experiencing homelessness and local homeless service providers and include such uses as:

  • Prevention equipment: furnishings, medically-indicated services and supplies, and equipment needed to maintain a sanitary shelter environment for clients and staff
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): materials and supplies to help provide a sanitary environment for clients and staff
  • Transportation: support for the transportation of those experiencing homeless to and from shelters and medical care
  • Food: supplies to address hunger and food insecurity
  • Information Technology (IT): computers and IT support
  • Isolation capacity: isolation placements for those impacted by or at risk of COVID-19

Grant recipients and award amounts are listed in the table below: