Housing Authority of the County of Kern

601 - 24th Street
Bakersfield, Kern County, California 93301

Housing Authority of the County of Kern is a Public Housing Agency in Bakersfield, California that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Family Self-Sufficiency programs. As of December 14th, 2019, Housing Authority of the County of Kern has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the County of Kern serves Kern County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Kern County, California Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Housing Authority of the County of Kern Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Kern (HACK) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least May, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the HACK Public Housing page, or the HACK website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (661) 631-8500 .

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/02/2019.

Other Housing Authority of the County of Kern Waiting Lists

Closed: Kern County, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Kern (HACK) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the HACK website.

Last Updated on 05/02/2019.

About Housing Authority of the County of Kern

More information about Housing Authority of the County of Kern can be found on its website at www.kernha.org.

Representatives of Housing Authority of the County of Kern may be available by phone at (661) 631-8500. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 04/26/2019, Housing Authority of the County of Kern is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Housing Authority of the County of Kern Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Kern manages 3,722 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 3,343 84 3 24 126 72
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $536 $752 $676 $970 $450 $467
Monthly Cost $1,790,877 $63,129 $2,029 $23,279 $56,727 $33,611

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of Kern

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 9% having issued approximately 388 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 25 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $12,549 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 21% of households had wages as a major source of income, 19% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 55% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 54% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

51% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 46% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

76% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 44% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Kern Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 34% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 80% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

28% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 37% with 3 or more bedrooms. 19% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Housing Authority of the County of Kern voucher holders in 2016 was $345 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $639. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $101.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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