Kern County Homeless Collaborative Projects Manager Jessica Janssen will be the special guest speaker at the Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club’s Jan. 3 meeting.

The mission of the collaborative is to put an end to homelessness in Kern County.

Janssen will speak on Kern County’s homeless problem and the Point-in-Time Homeless Count that will take place Jan. 30. This count will identify whether a person is an individual, a member of a family unit, age 18 to 24, or an unaccompanied youth under the age of 18.

In addition, the count will identify if a person is chronically homeless, indicating long-time or repeated homelessness or the presence of a disability.

So that Tehachapi has an accurate count, volunteers who can determine or know where to look for homeless people are needed. To apply, sign up on

The Democratic Club meeting will be held Jan. 3 at Big Papa’s Steakhouse in the Banquet Room. Social hour and dinner will be from 5 to 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. For further information, contact Ginny Tunks at 821-0538.

Ginny Tunks is president of the Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club.