On Wednesday, July 25th at Cal State University Channel Islands, the Ventura County Housing Trust Fund (VCHTF) will present “Housing Our Future”, a fundraising event to highlight the critical importance of affordable housing for our young adults, transitional-age foster youth, students, recent graduates, and young professionals. Their ability to stay, work, raise new families, and contribute to the future economy of this area is heavily influenced by finding an affordable place to live. The future of our schools, businesses and community also depends on our ability to attract and retain this young talent.
The event will bring together about 200 policy makers, industry professionals and philanthropy-minded individuals for a garden reception, dinner, keynote speaker (Shahera Hyatt - see info below), panel of local young adults providing their personal perspectives, a gift card FUNdraising game, auction items, and numerous opportunities to recognize our donors.
Become an event Sponsor ! $250 to $10,000 levels are available. See chart below for sponsorship benefits.
Donate an auction item (excursion, special package, event tickets, dinner with a celebrity, etc. - use the in-kind donatation link,
Donate gift cards for FUNdraising game played at the event. Our goal is to collect at least 100 gift cards in amounts from $25 to $45. Cards can be for entertainment, restaurant, retail shop, gas, personal services, grocery, etc. ... anything you would want yourself. Guests will have the opportunity to win these gift cards and either keep them or donate them to transitional age foster youth and struggling young adults. - use the in-kind donation link.
Purchase individual tickets or an entire table of 8! Ticket prices are:
$65 - Single Ticket;
$120 Double (2) Tickets;
$40 Discount price for Under-30 years old; Current foster parents; Additional tickets for event sponsors
$40 Purchase a discount ticket and donate back to VCHTF to be given to young adults that can not afford to attend.
Bid on auction items (available online two weeks prior and at event).
Keynote Speaker - Shahera Hyatt, Director, California Homeless Youth Project
We are thrilled to have Shahera Hyatt as our event Keynote Speaker. She is the Director of the California Homeless Youth Project (CYHP), an initiative of the California Research Bureau focused on educating policymakers on the needs of homeless youth in California. Hyatt has authored several publications on the topic of youth homelessness including policy briefs on LGBT and sexually exploited youth, as well as the nation’s first state action plan on ending youth homelessness. Hyatt also serves as the Local Coordinator for Sacramento’s Homeless Youth Task Force. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento in 2010. During the day she works to uplift the voices of marginalized youth, and at night she tells jokes at dive bars and comedy clubs all over Northern California.
The CHYPproject is committed to bringing youth to the policy table and to informing policymakers, opinion leaders, and other stakeholders about the needs of unaccompanied homeless youth. It began from a 2006-08 street-outreach survey (“Voices from the Street: A Survey of Homeless Youth by Their Peers”) that employed 40 homeless or formerly homeless young people interviewing over 200 of their peers around the state and conducted focus groups of homeless youth in several cities. CHYP seeks to improve understanding of young people ages 12 to 24 who are on their own and the issues they face. These include family conflict and other reasons for being on the street, lack of shelter and education, health and mental health needs, and the effect of interactions with law enforcement agencies. The project highlights solutions for these youth by engaging them directly in research and policy discussions, and giving voice to their experiences and recommendations as well as those of researchers, practitioners, and policy experts.