About the Ventura County Continuum of Care

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
Community Advocate

Kevin Clerici
Downtown Ventura Partners (Board Vice Chair)

Dawn Dyer
Dyer Sheehan Group Inc.

Susan Englund
United Way Ventura County

Mara Malch
City of Simi Valley

Pam Marshall
Formerly Homeless Advocate

Manuel Minjares
City of Fillmore

Michael Nigh
Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura

Drew Powers
City of Thousand Oaks

Mike Powers
County of Ventura & CoC Collaborative Applicant

Carmen Ramirez
City of Oxnard

Mike Taigman
American Medical Response (Board Chair)

Nancy Wharfield
Gold Coast Health Plan

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