Housing for Homeless
The Housing Authority of the County of Kern is committed to providing quality housing with supportive services to homeless individuals and emancipated foster youth who are at immediate risk of becoming homeless, partnering with local community organizations to provide housing, rental assistance, and supportive services to qualifying individuals. The agency operates a number of residential sites as well as rental assistance programs specially-designed to serve the needs of local residents who are homeless, mentally ill, or disabled. To access these services and housing resources, call 2-1-1.
Shelter Plus Care Program
The Shelter Plus Care (S+C) program provides rental assistance to homeless disabled individuals and families who receive ongoing supportive services and case management from community organizations to help them remain in housing and increase their income. The Bakersfield Homeless Center, Flood Bakersfield Ministries, Independent Living Center, Clinica Sierra Vista and the California Veteran Assistance Foundation refer homeless persons to the Housing Authority to receive the S+C assistance.
Green Gardens is a 104-unit single room occupancy facility that houses formerly homeless persons with disabilities referred to the site by the Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Green Gardens offers a community room, a community dining area, a large courtyard, and on-site services provided by Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and Flood Bakersfield Ministries.
Green Gardens is located at:
2300 South Union Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93307
Manager: Angelica Rivera
Manager’s Office: 661-397-2024; Fax 661-397-1958
This program consists of eight (8) units providing temporary housing for homeless families returning from the Bakersfield Homeless Center. Agency staff refers residents of the program to support services to help families stabilize and obtain permanent housing. The basic time limit for residents to remain in the program is one (1) year, though families may request a one-year extension.
Plymouth Rock is located at:
100 & 102 Plymouth Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93308
Manager: Julie Smith, 661-392-7125
8 Units, 2 bedrooms
Haven Cottages offers 24 one-bedroom affordable rental homes for homeless individuals with mental illness. The property is located at 68 E. White Lane in Bakersfield. The Housing Authority manages the property with referrals and resident services provided by the Kern County Mental Health Department. Haven Cottages opened in 2011.
Haven Cottages is located at:
68 E. White Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93307
Manager: Angelica Rivera
Manager’s Office: 661-397-2023; fax 661-397-2022
Building Blocks: Transitioned Aged Youth
Building Blocks is a Transitional Housing Program for emancipated foster youth (ages 18-21) who are homeless or at immediate risk of becoming homeless. Participating youth are required to work full or part-time and may also attend school. This Transitional Housing Program in collaboration with the County of Kern’s Department of Human Services, provides motivated foster youth with apartment housing and offers them the opportunity to develop skills needed for successful transition into self-sufficiency. Maximum residency for each youth is 18 months.
Building Blocks is located at:
1801 Belle Terrace, Bakersfield, CA 93307
Manager: Samantha Imhoof-Tran (Covenant Community Services), 661-829-6999
12 Units, Single Room Occupancy