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:

  • Poverty
  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Physical/mental illness or disability
  • Substance abuse
  • Job loss or decline in income
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Unemployment
  • Prison release
  • Downturn in the economy
  • Changes and cuts in public assistance programs
  • Family deterioration/abandonment
  • Years of institutional living (mental health, drug treatment, prison, foster care, etc.)

Do the men and women who stay at Kings Gospel 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:

  1. Women – Thrift Processing
  2. Men – Drop-offs/Pick-ups, Housing Repairs, Alley Cleaning, Downtown Pressure Washing Crew, or at one of our Recycling Centers.

What are some of the day to day needs at the shelter I can donate?

Cleaning supplies, food, laundry detergent, toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, adult diapers, soap; Celebrate Recovery Bibles

Where do I drop off donated items?

Our Thrift Store which is located at 126 W. 7th Street. (Please indicate if the items you are dropping off are for Kings Gospel Mission shelter.)