The mission of the Bakersfield Homeless Center is to provide the support and resources to families and individuals in crisis while helping them to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.
The Numbers Tell The Story:
Bethany Services was founded in 1972 and owns and operates the Bakersfield Homeless Center. In 1991, Bethany transitioned from a soup kitchen to a full-service homeless shelter primarily serving homeless women and families.
The Bakersfield Homeless Center has provided year-around emergency shelter, food, clothing and supportive services for more than twenty years. During that period, the BHC provided more than – 3 million hot meals – 727,226 warm beds – 3,445 jobs – 3,537 housing placements.
Out of BHC’s maximum 206 shelter beds, 152 (74%) are designated for families in semi-private units that allow homeless parents to remain sheltered with their children; 40 dormitory beds (19%) are for single women; and 14 (7%) are for single men. Age distribution of clients is 0-62+ years.
In FY 2009-10, BHC provided 51,395 bed nights of shelter to 1,839 clients residing on site, and 146,629 meals to both sheltered clients as well as members of the community struggling with poverty and hunger. Non-shelter residents make up about 20% of persons fed at BHC.
Out of 1,839 sheltered clients in FY 2009-10:
- 69% were female, 31% were male;
- 49% were children 17 and under; 51% were adults 18 and older;
- 86% had a monthly income between $0 and $1,000, and the majority of the remainder had a monthly income of $1,000 to $2,000.
- 90% of single-parent households were headed by women.
Ethnic distribution among clients was diverse:
- 45% white;
- 29% Hispanic;
- 22% black; and
- The remaining 4% made up of Asian, American Indian/Alaskan Native and Other groups.
BHC’s 2.5-acre campus is located at 1600 East Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield.