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Ventura County Community Action Partnership.

Operating across the region is the Community Action Partnership of Ventura County California. They are part of the state’s and nation’s network of poverty fighting organizations. Services range from energy bill conservation and financial assistance programs to housing assistance (such as rent and security deposits). Other resources from the Ventura Community Action Partnership revolve around home repairs, one stop job centers and much more.

Loans and funds for home repairs are available, with the priority being for addressing conservation measures. The non-profit Community Action of Ventura County provides home repair improvements to eligible low-income families. The aid is available through the Energy Efficient Home Repairs program.

It is wide ranging in that both homeowners and renters in Ventura can apply for the program and save up to 35 percent on their monthly utility bills. This can be achievable by improving energy efficiency through services such as replacing windows, installing more efficient appliances, using weather-stripping doors, and related products, etc. The program is funded partly by Southern California Edison, the state of California, and also the local Gas Company. Many of the following services and modifications are done at no cost to eligible clients.
-Some homeowners may qualify for an inspection, test, repair or replace broken or hazardous furnaces, stoves and water heaters upon inspection by our installers.
-Diagnostic testing of the home and assessment.
-Extra attic or wall insulation.
-Repair or replace of broken glass or windows,, water heaters, furnaces and stoves.
-Installation of energy efficient CFL light bulbs.
-Weather-stripping of doors.
-Installation of low-flow shower heads, toilets aerators and carbon monoxide detectors.

Other work done on the home can be weatherization oriented. This can include weather-stripping for all exterior doors, install new thresholds in the home, and in some cases, replace doors and lock sets. Community action can also install a number of low-flow shower heads and aerators which can save up to 5 percent on water bill expenses. The agency can also provide and install free energy efficient light bulbs. Switch gaskets and Electrical outlet can save up to 5 percent on heating and cooling costs. Contractors will both replace or fix broken windows and glass upon inspection of the home. This reduces the cost of cooling a southern California home in the summer or heating a home in the winter.




HEAP is funded by federal government and the state of California. The HEAP program from CAVC provides cash assistance to low-income households with paying their energy bill. Eligible clients from the county are those with the income that cannot exceed 60% or so of the Area Median Income in southern California. Priority is given to households with elderly and disabled persons, and also those with children under six. The staff from the community action agency will determine which applicants need assistance the most. The clients need to meet other eligibility requirements in order to apply for the program.

As government grants allow, HEAP provides one payment per program year that ranges from $200 to maybe under $400. The application process lasts for several weeks, so plan on taking time for this process.
It is also recommended that customers contact their utility or natural gas company to find out if their provider offers reduced rate programs or free conservation measures. It is easy to apply. Application locations for HEAP in Ventura County are:

  • Address: 2700 Ponderosa Camarillo California 93010, 805-987-6486
  • Address: 485 Old Telegraph Rd. Fillmore CA 93015, telephone number is 805-933-9800
  • Salvation Army is based at 1407 Los Angeles Ave #P Simi Valley California 93063, telephone: 805-527-1070
  • Address: 799 Moorpark Ave. Moorpark CA 93021, call 805-517-6260
  • 1001 W, Gonzales Rd. Oxnard CA 93030, Primary phone: 805-988-9100
  • Help of Ojai is based at 108 Fox St. Ojai California 93023. Telephone 805-640-3320
  • Santa Paula 1st Five - Address: 217 N. 10th St. Santa Paula CA 93060, phone: 805-933-0701
  • Ventura Avenue Adult Center is located at 550 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura CA 93001. Main phone: 805-648-3035.
  • Simi Valley Senior Center helps the elderly and others. Address is 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley CA. Call  805-583-6363
  • Project Understanding, Address: 43 E. Vince St. Ventura California 93001, 805-652-1326

The Community Action Partnership of Ventura County assists residents with nutritional needs. They try to coordinate fresh produce, canned goods, baby formula and other staples through the government sponsored Food Assistance program. Distribution takes place at 621 Richmond Avenue in Oxnard California





It is recommended that all clients bring verification of income, copies of bills and valid identification in order to determine if they are eligible to receive surplus government commodities and food. Please call 805-436-4000 for more information. All donations are encouraged to help the less fortunate in the community.

The Los Compadres and Successful Living youth outreaches are classes suitable for young people who want to gain skills, employment and build character. The goal of the classes is to help participants understand the importance of living in a responsible and respectful manner. Activities of the workshops have been shown to have a positive effect on developing and enhancing self-clarification, healthy choices, correct ambition and community.

Housing assistance programs are from the Homeless Transition Center and Oxnard One-Stop. It is believed by case managers and studies that individuals and families become homeless due to following effects, such as a lack of family support, poor health, mental instability, loss of job, unexpected medical bill, or maybe complicated legal issues.

These are often the effects of being homeless in California, and not always the cause of evictions. In order to help individuals who are facing any of above mentioned issues, Community Action Partnership of Ventura County (CAVC) helps homeless and low income at-risk families. They offer information on rental and security deposit resources, loan programs, and other solutions through the Homeless Transition Center and Oxnard One-Stop.

Emergency shelters are open as well. These are an option for all homeless and at-risk families who are struggling to stay alive. An intake is conducted in order to recognize individual barriers and help clients remain or become self-sufficient. The Ventura County regional shelter provides clients with a safe environment and a mailing address, free computer access, and laundry and shower services as well. When it is time to leave the shelter, get information o nrent and deposit programs. Please call 805-436-4000 for more information.




CalFresh is the state’s food stamps program. This provides assistance to low-income individuals, seniors and families concerning food supplies. Stretching monthly budgets and incomes is the focus of the program. Clients who can apply for the services are wide ranging.

  • individuals who have limited income
  • low-income parents with children
  • single adults
  • seniors and elderly
  • the disabled
  • anyone else who is struggling financially

CalFresh can help lower your grocery expenses and help you afford to buy healthy foods. Dial 805-436-4000. Monthly benefit from CalFresh depend on factors such as the household's income, expenses and size. Community Action Partnership of Ventura County can expedite the applications for those facing an emergency situation.

The primary location of CAVC is 621 Richmond Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93030. Call (805) 436-4000


By Jon McNamara

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