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Programs available to help with housing, food

The pandemic has left many residents struggling to provide food or pay their bills.

With no end in sight, several organizations have stepped up to aid people with rental and mortgage assistance and getting food to seniors.

One of the programs available is the Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program hosted by CAPK, Housing Authority of Kern County and other nonprofits. It is designed for renters and homeowners who have been negatively affected by the covid-19 pandemic.

If your income is less than 80% of the median income — $55,900 for a family of four — and you have experienced a loss or decrease in income because of the pandemic, you may be eligible for a one-time assistance up to $5,000 for your rent or mortgage payment between March and December 2020.

To be eligible, you must be a resident of Kern County and the mortgage or lease must be in your name. To find out more, call 2-1-1.

Another program available is for seniors in Kern County. The FOOD2DOOR program hosted by the Community Action Partnership of Kern delivers a 70 pound box of food every month to your door.

The program is not income based and is designed to keep seniors in their homes and staying healthy. Call 661-498-7831 to find out if you are eligible.

Information on other programs available to Kern County residents can be found on the city’s website.


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