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Board of Supervisors approves nearly $3 million funding to help homeless

Posted: 1:02 PM, Apr 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-02 16:35:15-04
Flood Bakersfield Ministries

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Board of Supervisors has approved an agreement that will provide almost $3 million in funding to help the homeless in Kern County.

The Board of Supervisors approved a proposed agreement with Flood Bakersfield Ministries, Inc. that will provide "outreach, engagement, and housing case management services for the homeless population in Kern County" through the Homeless Outreach, Engagement, and Housing Case Management Program.

Through the program, Flood will serve homeless individuals and families in metropolitan Bakersfield and the outlying areas of Kern County who require behavioral health services. The program will involve street and homeless shelter outreach and outreach with patients who have disengaged from treatment.

Under the agreement, Flood will provide outreach teams who will visit homeless people in their surroundings. The teams will carry electronic tablets for "immediate real time data entry."

The agreement will take effect today, April 2, and run through June 30, 2021. According to the agreement, the funding will not exceed $2.9 million.