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Ventura County Funders Forum – Homelessness and Housing

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Ventura County Community Foundation
4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Suite A, Camarillo, CA 93012
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Ventura County Funders Forum – Homelessness and Housing

Based on the 2019 Homeless Point-in-Time Count, the number of homeless in Ventura County increased from 1299 in 2018 to 1669 in 2019, a nearly 30% increase. The Ventura County Continuum of Care Alliance is working to end homelessness through a Housing First model.  In continuation of our affordable housing discussion, Tara Carruth from the Ventura County Continuum of Care will share the latest data and strategies related to homelessness in Ventura County. She will inform us about the role of federal funding in housing the homeless, and opportunities for local funders to help!

The Ventura County Continuum of Care Alliance is a collaborative group dedicated to promoting a safe, desirable and thriving community by ending homelessness in Ventura County. Housing First is a simple philosophy that dictates that the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness be offered the choice to move into permanent housing combined with available supportive services (permanent supportive housing) right away. It discourages imposing conditions on permanent housing, whether related to health, employment or sobriety. This approach has a documented track record of ending people's homelessness while often encouraging them to make their own choices to get healthy, quit drugs and alcohol, and find employment when possible. Studies also show that Housing First approaches involving permanent supportive housing tend to be much cheaper for taxpayers than allowing people to remain homeless.

Lunch sponsored by Amgen


Tara Carruth is the Ventura County Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Manager in the County Executive Office of the County of Ventura. Since 2014, Tara has managed local, state and federal funding for homeless services while providing staff support to the CoC. In this role, she works with a diverse group of stakeholders to leverage partnerships and resources to continuously improve the homeless services system. Tara received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Her work experience includes non-profit, healthcare, research and social services and is focused on improving systems of care for vulnerable populations.




No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members and eligible non-members who fund in Ventura County

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

About this Location
This location is ADA compliant, has dedicated nursing rooms, and gender-neutral restrooms available.

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