McCarthy Hosts Forum Focused on Reducing Homelessness in California
Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy held a community resource forum to discuss ways to reduce homelessness in our community and across the state of California. Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, and the California Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and other local leaders were all in attendance.
“The only way to solve this problem is to bring everyone together. The number one thing that we found in how to deal with this is that you have to have facilities for treatment. The goal today was to bring in experts and other elements of government, from the federal end to the state end, and have everyone who is involved have a conversation. Then we set some short-term and long-term goals for Bakersfield and Kern County.
“The first goal that we set involves the city and county working together to create additional shelter beds. If you do not have enough beds, you cannot provide the care or the treatment for the individuals who are on the street, and the street is the worst place for those individuals to be. It is not a good place to live and it is not good for the community. So today we discussed ways we can give them the treatment that they need and get them into centers. And a long-term goal for the city – and I give Mayor Goh a lot of credit for the leadership she has shown on this – she and Carlos Baldovinos from the Mission have been down to San Diego to meet with Mayor Faulconer and look at his city and how he has been handling this issue. And with Measure N funding going forward, this resource can help to actually develop a long-term facility.”
- Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy hosted a community forum on homelessness at the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.
- Local elected officials, community leaders, nonprofits, hospital officials, and state and federal agency representatives participated in a three-hour long panel presentation and discussion on homelessness in Bakersfield and the greater Central Valley.