Frequently asked questions
How many people are homeless in Kings County?
There are 305 people experiencing homelessness. 233 live in the City of Hanford
Source: Kings Tulare Homeless Alliance 2020 Point in Time Report
Who are the people experiencing homelessness in Kings County?
54% are Men
46% are Women
24% with Children
76% without Children
28 people are Veterans
95 people have a disability
18 are unaccompanied Youth
Source: Kings Tulare Homeless Alliance 2020 Point in Time
Why does a person become homeless?
People become homeless for a variety of reasons:
Lack of affordable housing
Physical/mental illness or disability
Job loss or decline in income
Domestic violence and abuse
Downturn in the economy
Changes and cuts in public assistance programs
Years of institutional living (mental health, drug treatment, prison, foster care, etc.)
Do the men and women who stay at Kings Gospel Mission and the Lighthouse Rescue Mission have to work?
Yes, they can stay with us for 5 nights and then they are required to work at one of the following:
Women – Thrift Processing
Men – Drop-offs/Pick-ups, Housing Repairs, Alley Cleaning, Downtown Pressure Washing Crew, or at one of our Recycling Centers.
California spent $ and the problem has increased, why?
First, there are some very good solutions which are working and some very good people working hard on the problem. However, there are more ineffective in inefficeint solutions which are eating up the dollar. The best I can do, is give you links to research:
1. Average Cost of Affordable Housing per door: $350,000 in the Central Valley (Source:
2. Community Design-Shelters are poverty, Houses are dignity.
How are Pocket Courtyard Communities Different?