About the Ventura County Continuum of Care

Mission Statement

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.


Homelessness in Ventura County is rare, brief and nonrecurring.


The dignity of every human life.
The well-being of the entire community.
The power of the community working together to solve community problems.

Guiding Principles

Collaboration and Coordination

Invest in evidence-based, results-driven and client-focused systems of support that integrate practices, procedures, and services within and across public and private agencies, programs, and policies.

Housing First

People experiencing homelessness require very affordable and permanent housing solutions as quickly as possible and then services as needed.


Start with and build upon the skills, strengths, and positive characteristics of each person.


Homelessness is a complex, high-risk and individualized condition, not a character trait. Recognize that most people experiencing homelessness have experienced trauma, and build relationships, responses, and services on that knowledge.

Harm Reduction

Seek to reduce the effects of risky behavior in the short-term and eliminate its effects in the long-term.

Governance Board


Carolyn Briggs                    

Sommer Barwick              

Kevin Clerici                        

Susan Englund                   

Martin Hernandez         

Pam Marshall                     

Michael Nigh                     

Drew Powers                     

Mike Powers                     

Carmen Ramirez               

Mike Taigman                    

Nancy Wharfield              

Community Advocate

City of Simi Valley

Downtown Ventura Partners (Board Vice Chair)

United Way

City of Santa Paula

Formerly Homeless Advocate

Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura

City of Thousand Oaks

County of Ventura & CoC Collaborative Applicant

City of Oxnard

American Medical Response (Board Chair)

Gold Coast Health Plan


  • Christy Madden
  • Tara Carruth
  • Jennifer Harkey
  • Amy Duganne