Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced more than $6.1 million in federal grant funding for Ventura County and the cities of Oxnard and Ventura for community development, homelessness, and housing programs.
“It is essential that we invest in Ventura County so that it remains a vibrant and diverse place for everyone who lives here,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “These grants will better enable Ventura County to help vulnerable families and individuals improve their quality of life and ensure the fabric of our community remains strong.”
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded Ventura County $1,620,399 as part of the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, $140,556 as part of the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) homelessness program, and $478,782 as part of the HOME affordable housing program.
“These funds give us the ability to enhance essential services to our low-income residents, and help to meet the basic needs of housing, food and supportive services for the homeless and elderly populations within our communities,” said Ventura County Executive Officer Mike Powers. “We – along with our Entitlement Area partner communities of Santa Paula, Port Hueneme, Ojai, Fillmore and Moorpark – are grateful to Congresswoman Brownley and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for this grant funding.”
HUD has also awarded the City of Oxnard $2,183,330 as part of the CDBG program, $198,164 as part of the ESG program, and $532,053 as part of the HOME program.
“The City of Oxnard is grateful for Congresswoman Julia Brownley’s support of the CDBG program,” said Oxnard City Manager Greg Nyhoff. “This money is vital to our efforts to assist homeless, seniors and youth and to provide other quality of life services and infrastructure improvements for our residents.”
Finally, HUD has awarded the City of Ventura $673,678 as part of the CDBG program and $275,750 as part of the HOME program.
“CDBG funding is a major asset in ensuring the availability of important programs and services for Ventura’s youth, seniors, families and underserved population,” said Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins. “The impact of this funding will help to enhance the quality of life, and for that we are grateful to Congresswoman Brownley and her support of the CDBG program.”
The announcement today comes on the heels of Congresswoman Brownley’s announcement last month of $1.3 million from HUD for Camarillo, Simi Valley, and Thousand Oaks as part of the CDBG program.