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Year-Round Homeless Shelter Planning at City Council

Year-Round Homeless Shelter Planning at City Council

By Lori Denman-Underhill Ventura is planning to open a year-round low barrier homeless shelter and its plans were discussed during the city council meeting on Monday, July 9. Prior to the shelter discussion, other small items were covered. City Council Communications The Ventura Music Festival starts this weekend. Go to VenturaMusicFestival.org to see the lineup. […]

Pure Stoke Hits Ventura Beach

Pure Stoke Hits Ventura Beach

By Lori Denman-Underhill The hot sun last weekend brought out an endless amount of families to California Street beach in Ventura. A new nonprofit — appropriately named Pure Stoke— was there to greet those who have been longing to surf. Pure Stoke’s surf instruction events are all inclusive and have been teaching at two locations […]

One Stop Shop for Homeless Assistance

One Stop Shop for Homeless Assistance

By Lori Denman-Underhill The homeless in Ventura County seek a multitude of needs and are finding them in a centralized location –  One Stop Outreach. The outreach facility was created by the Healthcare for the Homeless Program, which was established in 2002. The program started off with two locations in Ventura and Oxnard and has […]

Conclusions on Homelessness and Vagrancy

Conclusions on Homelessness and Vagrancy

By Lori Denman-Underhill In a quest to find helpful solutions to the issues of homelessness and vagrancy, many professionals and police department members were interviewed for Citizens Journal. The interviews took place for the past two months. Here is a quick guide consisting of quotes, links and conclusions of these interviews. While there is no […]

Hope on the Horizon for Mentally Ill Homeless

Hope on the Horizon for Mentally Ill Homeless

By Lori Denman-Underhill The subset of the homeless in Ventura and Oxnard who suffer from mental health issues has help arriving on the horizon. There is a triage grant starting this month that was given to Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH), who then approached the Ventura and Oxnard Sheriff Departments to team up a full-time […]

Hopes of a Shelter Solving Homeless Vagrancy

Hopes of a Shelter Solving Homeless Vagrancy

By Lori Denman-Underhill Homeless advocates of Oxnard have been pleading  for a year-round shelter for years and their City Council just decided last week to approve seed money funds for its establishment. The shelter is planned to be low barrier. Citizens Journal discussed the meaning of low barrier in this previous article.  If the establishment of […]

Mending Mental Health in Ventura County

Mending Mental Health in Ventura County

    By Lori Denman-Underhill It is known by many, if not all in Ventura County, that there is a severe lack of services available to those suffering from mental health issues. The lack of facilities and services available to those persons with mental health issues, specifically under a 5150 hold, is noteworthy and should […]

Oxnard’s Assistant Police Chief Benites, On Homelessness and Vagrancy (Part Two)

Oxnard’s Assistant Police Chief Benites, On Homelessness and Vagrancy (Part Two)

By Lori Denman-Underhill Citizens Journal interviewed Oxnard’s Assistant Police Chief Jason Benites last week. This two-part story features an interview with Benites about homelessness and vagrancy in his city. The person who oversees operations and officers of the homeless and vagrancy capacity is Benites. Top concerns for some of the local community include how the homeless situation […]

Oxnard Low Barrier Homeless Shelter Funding Discussed at City Council Tomorrow

Oxnard Low Barrier Homeless Shelter Funding Discussed at City Council Tomorrow

By Lori Denman-Underhill There is a proposed plan to open a low barrier   24-hour year-round homeless shelter by December in Oxnard. If the budget is approved tomorrow night at the Oxnard City Council meeting, seed money will be partially given from the $1.5 million of Measure O to fund the shelter (see graphic below). Homeless […]

Ventura | Budget and Year-Round Homeless Shelter Move Forward

Ventura | Budget and Year-Round Homeless Shelter Move Forward

By Lori Denman-Underhill The Ventura City Council meeting on June 18 was lengthy, which included the passing of the Fiscal Year 2018 to 2019 budget and also allocated funds to create a year-round shelter. At this meeting, there were no announcements or special presentations. Councilmember Mike Tracy was absent and there was one reportable item this […]

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