What is House Farm Workers! working on now?


Get involved in the Housing Element Process- Advocate for Affordable Housing For Our Farm Worker Families

What is the Housing Element (HE)?

Every city and county in California is required to adopt, with public input, a Housing Element within the city or county General Plan, which must be updated every four to eight years. It is submitted to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for approval. An effective housing element provides the conditions for developing and preserving an adequate supply of housing, including housing affordable to seniors, families and farm workers. Every jurisdiction in Ventura County is currently working on their Housing Elements.

In every Housing Element, House Farm Workers! is advocating for the following programs:

Special Needs Housing – Farmworker Housing Study.* The City will:

  1. work with the County of Ventura, advocacy groups, and agricultural organizations, to plan, fund, and implement a countywide survey of farmworkers, employers, and housing providers to further define housing conditions, needs and barriers.
  2. utilize the survey results to develop targeted programs and strategies to address the verified needs of farmworkers and to support agricultural businesses with a stable and healthy workforce.
  3. Timeframe: by 2023.

The County of Ventura intends to take the lead role in implementing the Farmworker Housing Study which is included in their Draft 2021-29 Housing Element, submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development in March.  Initial grants totaling $100,000 have been awarded to HFW! and the County for this work.

 

Contribute Funding for Affordable Housing.  The City will:

  1. Support the Housing Trust Fund Ventura County, a local nonprofit organization that provides short term, pre-development, acquisition, and construction funding to developers of affordable housing by making an annual contribution.
  2. Support creation of a county-wide dedicated source of funding for affordable housing.

 

 

To add your voice join one of our city group committees or contact us at info@housefarmworkers.org.

 

Farm Worker Housing City Committees

At this time, all city groups are meeting virtually.

Camarillo

Meets the first Tuesday of the month,
every other month (odd-numbered months only)
from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Contact info@housefarmworkers.org
for location.

Fillmore

Meets the fourth Monday of every month
from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at One Step a La Vez,
421 Sespe Ave., Fillmore.

Contact info@housefarmworkers.org
for location.

Moorpark

Meets the second Thursday of every month
from 8 to 10 a.m.

Contact info@housefarmworkers.org
for location.

Oxnard

Meets the second Wednesday of every month
from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Tomas Cafe,
622 South A St.

Contact Gail Weller- Brown at gwellerb@gmail.com.

Santa Paula

Meets the third Thursday of every month
from 10 to 12 p.m.

Contact info@housefarmworkers.org
for location.

Ventura

Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month
from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Housing Authority of San Buenaventura 995 Riverside Street, Ventura.

Contact Karen Flock at kflock@hacityventura.org


Email us at info@housefarmworkers.org to confirm meeting dates and locations.


 

Task Force Meetings

 

The House Farm Workers! Task Force meetings are designed to share information, discuss options for addressing the issues, and set in motion the collaborative action plans county wide.

PAST MEETINGS

How Great is the Need?
Developing a Comprehensive Action Plan for Farm Worker Housing in Ventura County
Friday February 28, 2020 
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Presentation Powerpoint:

 

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