Kern County homeless population increases in 2017, per report

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Kern County’s homeless population increased in 2017, according to the Kern County Homeless Collaborative’s Point in Time count. 

The annual Point-in-Time homeless count data was released Tuesday morning illustrating Kern’s uptick in those living without shelter.

This news was particularly troubling because last year the county saw a dramatic decrease in its homeless population.

But Point-in-Time homeless count officials say last year’s rain right before the count could have driven those numbers down.

This year on January 25th, near 150 volunteers spread out across Kern County for the annual count.

On Tuesday, the results showed a nine percent overall increase in Kern’s homeless population.

885 homeless people were counted in total during the survey.

But more concerning was the population in metro Bakersfield, where 309 homeless persons were counted, a 46 percent increase from last year.

Rural areas saw a five percent increase in their homeless populations.

The one bit of good news in this report?

The number of homeless veterans in Kern decreased in 2017.
 

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