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 


Dawn Dyer (CoC Board Chair)
Dyer Sheehan Group Inc.


Susan Englund
United Way Ventura County
Ingrid Hardy 
City of Thousand Oaks


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


Carmen Ramirez
City of Oxnard


Nancy Wharfield                                                                                  Gold Coast Health Plan

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