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Mission at Kern County Expansion Approved by BZA

Redesign includes 40 new beds, bringing total to 324

The City of Bakersfield continues to work toward addressing the growing impacts of homelessness and today, the City is pleased to announce that plans to add 40 more beds to the Mission at Kern County facility was unanimously approved by the Board of Zoning Adjustment on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.

This expansion will provide the Mission facility at 821 East 21st Street, with a total of 324 beds at the facility.

The Mission held a pair of open house events for the public to see the redesign plans and as a result, the Conditional Use Permit passed without any public opposition.

In order to continue to support and strengthen existing care providers, the City has contributed $1.1 million in Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funds to help pay for this expansion.

These efforts are part of the continued implementation of the City’s three-point approach to addressing homelessness concerns:

  1. Acknowledge the crisis (November 2018);
  2. Support and strengthen existing providers;
  3. Implement Public Safety and Vital Services Measure funds (Measure N) for new programs.

Construction at the Mission is expected to begin in the next few weeks.