The City of Ventura Planning Commission voted 7-2 to support the City’s staff recommendation to permit shelter and services through a change in the City’s zoning last Wednesday evening. The Ventura Social Services Task Force and its Faith and Shelter & Housing subcommittees urge you to make your voices heard in supporting the zoning change at this Monday s (3/20/17) Ventura City Council Meeting held at City Hall. This has been a 20+years persistent struggle to get zoning that would allow shelter year-round with services!  You can send emails of support to City Council at:

Veteran Housing RFQ response from developers

A packed room of local and experienced developers from Southern and Central California, elected officials and their reps, met with City of Ventura Councilmember Heitmann, Community Development Director Jeffrey Lambert and Dyer Sheehan Group, consultants for the city who facilitated the meeting at the Veterans Home last Wednesday.  The City put out Request for Qualifications to develop 9.68 acres adjacent to the present Veterans Home located at Telephone and Wells Rd. This is a great opportunity to develop the many urgently needed affordable housing units, supportive services, and related facilities for the benefit of Veterans and their families living in the tri county area (Ventura/ Santa Barbara/ San Luis Obispo Counties).  Developers were encouraged to team up and work cooperatively with a wide range of options for housing and services for Veterans ranging from emergency housing, board and care, permanent supportive housing and independent living. For more information contact the Dyer Sheehan Group: