On September 21, 2017 our annual event to support affordable housing in Ventura County will focus on Housing Our Agricultural Workforce. Held at the historic Camarillo Ranch from 5:00-9:00 pm, the evening will include:
KEY-NOTE SPEAKER - HECTOR LUJAN, CEO of Reiter Affiliated Companies
LOCAL & PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE with DR. JOE MENDOZA, Ventura County Office of Education, Special Populations Director, Migrant Education
FARM TO TABLE DINNERfeaturing locally-sourced ingredients prepared by chef TIM KILCOYNE, owner ScratchVentura.
RECEPTION with wines from over 10 local wineries, beer from INSTITUTION ALE, appetizers, entertainment, and games
Edible table centerpiece RAFFLE presented by local farms, and amazing SILENT AUCTION items.
With the 8th highest housing cost in the US, nearly 80% of Ventura County residents do not earn enough ($66,960/year or $33.48/hr.) to afford a 2-bedroom apartment at the current average $1,953 market-rate rent. For perspective, farm workers in crop or nursery production earn on average $23,906/year. Living in high-poverty, distressed neighborhoods, negatively impacts health, environmental, transportation, and quality of life concerns as well as the business environment. The lack of affordable housing for farm labor, in particular, is heavily impacting the County agriculture industry’s ability to move their product to market. Residents have clearly shown that farmland is dear to the allure of our region. Without adequate housing this labor force and industry is at risk.
This campaign includes event ticket purchase, sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, silent auction, and centerpiece raffle. Expected attendance is 200.