Homeless census count and breakfast

By MCFRC staff

Do you know someone who might enjoy a good breakfast while telling what they know about the need for services to the homeless?

On January 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Mountain Communities Family Resource Center will host a meal and a call for participation in a survey by the Kern County Homeless Collaborative. The survey will help bring funding here from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide local services for those in need.

This annual census determines how much funding will be allocated to help Kern County’s homeless families.

What is the definition of homeless?

An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence on the preceding night (stays in a place not designed for sleeping, i.e. parks, alleys, abandoned buildings, automobiles or other places not meant for human habitation) is homeless.

If this describes a situation of an acquaintance, friend or family member, they need to be counted. Please direct them to the MCFRC to complete a survey and have some coffee and breakfast on us!

The local count is a snapshot of homelessness over a 24-hour period.

Kern County agencies may possibly receive up to $4 million through HUD grants for existing and new programs, including permanent housing, case management, transitional housing and job development.

This event is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the MCFRC office at 3015 Mount Pinos Way in Frazier Park.

This is part of the January 17, 2014 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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