This six-home single-family housing project is Ventura County Housing Trust Fund's most recent loan. We will be providing $500,000 toward construction costs at an 18-month term. This loan marks our first project with Habitat for Humanity, our first loan for single-family homes, and our first non-rental low-income housing project.
From a VC Star article published 8-24-2017 by Wendy Leung
Next summer six families will move into brand new homes they helped build in Oxnard's neighborhood of La Colonia. But the celebration of the six-home Habitat for Humanity project begins Saturday. Officials have invited the community to join the selected families in a groundbreaking ceremony at 9 a.m. at the project site, 125 N. Hayes Avenue.
The two- and three-bedroom homes are affordable units, costing the families less than $250,000. "In Ventura County, overall, there's a tremendous need for affordable housing," said Steve Dwyer, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. "Our mission is to provide safe, decent, affordable homes for purchase."
The $1.8 million project has been subsidized through partnerships with agencies like Gold Coast Health Plan, which donated $75,000 for the project. The grant is part of a Community Health Investments program that supports improvements to health care access, food security and neighborhood environments.
A housing nonprofit such as Habitat for Humanity may not be a traditional partner for health care agencies but that is starting to change, said Dale Villani, chief executive officer of Gold Coast Health Plan, a public agency serving Ventura County Medi-Cal members. "There's a fair number of homeless people in Ventura County and many of them are actual members of Gold Coast Health Plan," Villani said. "We like our members to have safe and healthy homes to live in."
Villani said there are many factors in determining a person's health and they include a healthy living environment. "Health care is really looking at the whole person," he said.
The health plan grant, totaling $1.5 million, was awarded to 16 local organizations including FOOD Share, Brain Injury Center of Ventura County and Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project. There were 23 groups that applied for the grant.
"We were very pleased to see a company with the presence of Gold Coast clearly making that link between investing in the health of a family to improving the community over time," Dwyer said.
The La Colonia project also received support from the city of Oxnard, Department of Housing and Urban Development, St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, West Coast Air Conditioning, Ventura County Community Development Corporation and Ventura County Housing Trust Fund.
VC Star, published Aug. 6, 2017
Tyler Hersko, Tyler.Hersko@vcstar.com, 805-437-0312
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Several of Ventura County’s leading advocates of affordable housing will gather for a public fundraising event focused on farmworker housing Sept. 21 at the Camarillo Ranch.
The event, titled Housing Our Agricultural Workforce and hosted by the Ventura County Housing Trust Fund, will include beer, wine, entertainment, a silent auction, a locally sourced dinner provided by Tim Kilcoyne, owner of Scratch Food Truck, and several guest speakers.
Funds raised at the event will be used to create new affordable housing throughout the county. Speakers will discuss the importance of supporting affordable housing for the county’s agricultural workers.
Fundraisers such as Housing Our Agricultural Workforce help support the county’s farming community, which is a crucial component of the region’s economy, according to Linda Braunschweiger, CEO of the Ventura County Housing Trust Fund.
Agriculture is such a big economic benefit to our county, and if we cannot provide a labor force to work in our fields, we lose billions of dollars,” Braunschweiger said in an interview. “Residents need to understand that Ventura County’s beauty and economic future is hinged on its ag community. In order to sustain that, we need to have the labor force available, and they need good housing.”