BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — A recent report by the non-profit organization Community Solutions stated that Kern County is among five communities in the country that have significantly reduced chronic homelessness but questions have come up on what that means since there are still homeless people in the community. 23ABC’s Bayan Wang breaks down this report and how getting resources to certain people is helping with the issue.
Let’s start with what this does not mean: this does not mean homelessness has been solved in Bakersfield. This organization is specifically talking about chronic homelessness which is only one of several subpopulations in the county. But nevertheless, local homeless officials say that type of homelessness is now rare and brief.