Kern County awarded over $270k to combat homelessness

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Posted at 11:41 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 21:05:15-05

KERN COUNTY, Calif. — The Department of Housing and Community Development announced it will be providing $273,261 to Kern County to go towards combating homelessness.

According to a press release from Rep. TJ Cox, the funding is expected to go towards the new emergency shelter, community outreach, rapid rehousing and grant administration.

The award comes as part of funding from the 2019 Emergency Solution Grants (ESG) program. The program awarded a total of $461,261 to the 21st Congressional District. $188,000 was awarded to the Salvation Army to assist with combating homelessness in Kings, Visalia and Tulare counties.

"Homelessness is a major issue in California and we must address both the crisis and its root causes,” said Rep. Cox in a release. “These funds will be available for the purposes of eliminating homelessness in CA-21 by focusing on assisting individuals and families to achieve economic and social independence through rapid rehousing assistance, emergency shelters, homelessness prevention, and street outreach services as well as supportive services including counseling, substance abuse treatment, and job training. "