BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — This previous week the Board of Supervisors accredited an settlement with Neighborhood Motion Partnership of Kern, also called CAPK, to function a secure tenting and parking program on the M Road Navigation Heart.
This program is a part of Kern County’s Strategic Mitigation Plan to cut back homelessness in Kern County.
“If you happen to’re a single girl sleeping in your automotive, that may get fairly scary even for any particular person. You already know that’s fairly scary you don’t know who’s on the market with what kinds of weapons,” mentioned Laurie Hughey.
Program supervisor at M Road Navigation Laurie Hughey mentioned this venture was born again in November when the Kern County Board of Supervisors unanimously accredited an anti-encampment ordinance. She mentioned she was glad to see that they accredited this solution-based method on March.
The movement was accredited unanimously and met with a lot of assist from leaders throughout the neighborhood.
Anna Laven, Govt Director of the Bakersfield Homeless Collaborative, mentioned this system can finally join folks with long run housing.
“It lends us further choices, it offers us extra variety for the kinds of programming and getting of us actually that a lot nearer to getting related, to getting them secure, and getting them housed, which is de facto our final aim.”
Hughey mentioned there have been already hundreds of homeless folks in Kern County and COVID-19 didn’t assist the state of affairs and that’s the reason this program is so essential.
“So, the realm that we’re going to do secure tenting, we’ll present them with tents and a sleeping bag and on the opposite facet we’re going to do the secure parking.”
Hughey mentioned she understands being homeless is already troublesome they usually needed to make this as simple as attainable for these already residing in encampments.
“There’s so many explanation why an individual has been experiencing homelessness, in my view, it isn’t by selection. One thing has occurred alongside the best way after we are little children, we do not aspire to be homeless you recognize we aspire to be one thing.”
She provides, as a substitute of worry, folks ought to follow grace.
“They’re human beings and if we deal with them as human beings, we get slightly bit extra out of individuals. Simply remembering that they’ve you recognize dad and mom, they might have youngsters, they might have you recognize like members of the family on the market. I feel if we simply keep in mind that God made all of us, a few of us could have a harder time than others.”
Hughey mentioned this program will start as early as this April and won’t expire till 2025. Her hope is that within the meantime these throughout the encampments will develop a belief with M Road Navigation and wish to enter housing to completely.