A Ventura County, Calif., task force is hoping a new emergency fund to prevent evictions will help reduce homelessness, reported the Ventura County Star. The Ventura Social Services Task Force is seeking to raise $60,000 so that the Ventura Homeless Prevention Fund could potentially aid 50 to 60 households yearly. Low-income workers who face unexpected costs such as car repairs or medical bills would be eligible for funds to help cover their rent, said the task force’s chairman. Evictions damage credit, making it harder for people to regain housing, he said. According to housing advocates, the fund is unique; while nonprofit agencies operate emergency shelter funds, Ventura’s would be financed with community donations, officials say. Of the 22 recommendations made by the county’s 10-year plan to end homelessness, prevention tops the list. Annually, prevention efforts would help at least 1,000 Ventura households keep their homes, the strategy said.
Group Hopes it Can Help People Remain Housed
04/19/2007 | Ventura County Star (California)