Washington, DC  Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced more than $8 million in federal grant funding for community development, homelessness, and affordable housing programs throughout Ventura County.

“Ensuring Ventura County remains an accessible place to live is essential to keeping our community vibrant and diverse,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “By helping local governments meet housing and community development needs, these grants play a critical role in improving quality of life in Ventura County and keeping our communities strong.”

As part of the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,739,049 to Ventura County, $310,228 to Camarillo, $2,502,719 to Oxnard, $580,240 to Thousand Oaks, and $765,504 to the City of Ventura.

As part of the HOME Affordable Housing program, HUD awarded $667,279 to Ventura County, $791,219 to Oxnard, and $418,436 to the City of Ventura.

As part of the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) homelessness program, HUD also awarded $145,872 to Ventura County and $196,549 to Oxnard.

“These funds are essential to improving the quality of life for some of our most vulnerable residents; they allow us to preserve and expand affordable housing opportunities and provide services to our at-risk youth, elderly, low-income and homeless residents. On behalf of our Entitlement Area partner communities of Santa Paula, Port Hueneme, Ojai, Fillmore and Moorpark, we are grateful to Congresswoman Brownley’s commitment and ongoing work to ensure that these funds are awarded to our area,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer of Ventura County.

“The CDBG funding that the City of Camarillo receives goes to provide important services to Camarillo’s seniors, homeless, and low-income residents, in addition to providing affordable housing rehabilitation and ownership opportunities. We are grateful for the efforts of Congresswoman Brownley to protect this important source of federal funding from budget cuts,” said Dave Norman, Camarillo City Manager.

“The city of Oxnard is pleased to have received grants from the CDBG, HOME and ESG programs this year,” said Arturo Casillas, Housing Director for the City of Oxnard. “We are grateful to the Congresswoman for her continued efforts to advocate for this critical funding.”

“City of Thousand Oaks is pleased to receive our annual CDBG formula grant,” said Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox. “We are grateful to Congresswoman Julia Brownley who has continued to advocate for level funding.”

“We are very grateful to receive this grant. The CDBG programs provide a range of supportive services that benefit low-to-moderate income residents in Ventura and make a visible difference in our efforts to improve public infrastructure,” said Matt LaVere, City of Ventura Deputy Mayor. “The funds serve the cities’ most vulnerable residents by creating housing for the homeless, and housing rehabilitation to help seniors age in place. These funds also support the City’s economic development efforts by supporting small business loans and services. Thank you to all the nonprofit organizations partnering with us to improve the quality of life for Ventura residents. We thank Congresswoman Brownley for her hard work and help in securing the grants.”

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