The Mission:

To put an end to homelessness in Kern County through collaborative planning and action.

For information: Homelessness Resources Administrative Assistant Jessica M. Janssen (661) 834-1580 or 


2015 Kern County Veterans Stand Down

The Kern County Veterans Stand Down traditionally takes place on the second Thursday in October. It is a day set aside for veterans to relax and enjoy quick linkage to the many services available to them in one convenient outdoor location.

This year, in October (date to be announced soon) the special daylong event will take place from 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. on October 8, at Stramler Park, located at 3805 Chester Ave., in Bakersfield. 
Admission is free and available to veterans and their dependents only--that means homeless veterans, too!

The organizing agency is Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) member California Veterans Assistance Foundation (CVAF), which has been hosting the local Stand Down since 2011. Dozens of exhibitors and service agencies (including KCHC members) will partner with CVAF to deliver such services as:

  • Health screenings;
  • Assistance with Veterans and Social Security benefits applications; 
  • Career services;
  • Free pet food;
  • Free hair cuts;
  • Free clothing;
  • Housing information and assistance;
  • Free transportation to and from the event from select locations; 
  • The ever-popular Veterans Court, which helps vets get misdemeanors cleared from their record (You must pre-register for Veterans Court, so be sure to follow the instructions on the flyer to pre-register); and
  • Much, much more! 

Click here to see last year's official flyer. Please feel free to print as many copies as you like, and distribute this information to veterans you know who might want to attend.

To volunteer, click here and fill out our online volunteer application. You must be 18 years of age or older to volunteer at the Stand Down.

 For more information, call CVAF at (661) 695-3626, or visit 


Back to Top

For technical questions and comments regarding this website,
please contact the Webmaster.