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Kern County Board of Supervisors taps Community Action Partnership of Kern to operate new low barrier homeless shelter

Posted at 8:30 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 15:13:11-05

This week the Board of Supervisors will propose Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) as the sole source provider to the county's low barrier shelter. In late October the board declared a shelter crisis in Kern County and approved the framework for the development.

It includes the following requirements:

  • A 150-bed low barrier facility accepting chronically homeless and vulnerable homeless adults
  • A facility operation of 365 days per year
  • And meals, medical care, and hygiene facilities

Officials say in order to have a positive and immediate impact on homelessness in Kern County staff recommends CAPK to serve as the operator.

The board will discuss the recommendation at the next meeting.