Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced more than $1.3 million in federal grant funding for the cities of Camarillo, Simi Valley, and Thousand Oaks for community development programs.

“Investing in our communities is essential to keeping Ventura County strong, vibrant, and diverse,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “These grants will support critical investments our cities will make to support the most vulnerable among us, in keeping with Ventura County’s commitment to improving the quality of life for all our residents.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $255,107 to the City of Camarillo, $547,246 to the City of Simi Valley, and $557,958 to the City of Thousand Oaks as part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

“The City of Camarillo is grateful for Congresswoman Brownley’s support of the CDBG program,” said Camarillo City Manager Dave Norman. “This money is vital to our efforts to fund needed social service programs for seniors and the homeless, as well as preserving affordable housing in the community.”

“Simi Valley has a range of housing and community development needs,” said Simi Valley City Manager Eric Levitt. “CDBG funds help address the myriad of needs identified during the public outreach process. Recognizing the national objectives of these funding programs and specific program regulations, the City of Simi Valley intends to use these funds to coordinate programs, services, and projects to create decent and suitable living environments to benefit low- and moderate-income households and those with special needs.”

“The city is pleased to receive an entitlement from CDBG this year,” said Mayor of Thousand Oaks Claudia Bill-de la Peña. “This money will go to support public and social service grants to help low income residents, seniors and families in Thousand Oaks. We are grateful to Congresswoman Brownley for supporting level funding especially as this program was proposed for elimination this year.”

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