Habitat for Humanity Awarded $75,000 Grant from Gold Coast Health Plan Just in Time for Oxnard Groundbreaking

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County has received a $75,000 grant from Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP). The funds are a significant contribution to the 6-home First and Hayes Development starting later this month in Oxnard. The groundbreaking will take place on August 26th at 9am at 125 N Hayes Ave, Oxnard, CA 93030.

Gold Coast Health Plan has focused on a Community Health Investment surrounding the Social Determinants of Health. “Factors such as overcrowding and mold make a huge difference in the health of our Habitat families.” says Jill Shaffer, Director of Resource Development. In fact, home ownership itself leads to better health, Dr. Megan Sandel of the Boston University School of Medicine testified to Congress in 2007, “It literally prevents disease.”

Poor housing conditions contribute to asthma and other physical illnesses. “Thanks to this grant award from Gold Coast Health Plan, we will not only be able to continue the great work of creating affordable housing in our county that so desperately needs it, we will also be able to clearly measure the impact it has regarding social determinants of health.” Jill Shaffer

 “For Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP), the link between housing and good health is clear. As such, we are proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity in making more housing available as a strategy to improve the health of our members and that of other underserved residents of Ventura County”, said GCHP’s chief executive officer, Dale Villani.

About Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County

Building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County is a locally-run and locally-funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Over the past 33 years, 64 new home builds have provided homeownership opportunities for families in need and hundreds of homes have been repaired, providing a safe, decent living environment for low income homeowners. The Preserve a Home program is being embraced by several cities and the County of Ventura as they see the positive impact Habitat has on families, neighborhoods and the community overall. At Habitat for Humanity, we believe that everyone, everywhere deserves a decent place to live. For Habitat’s new home program, low- to very-low income families are selected based on their need for housing, ability to repay an affordable mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. We offer a “hand up,” empowering families who are willing to work hard to achieve their dream of homeownership. Each Habitat for Humanity homeowner invests hundreds of hours to help build their home, and then purchases it with an affordable mortgage. Habitat currently has enough donated properties to build 30 decent homes for families in Ventura County. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, visit http://www.habitatventura.org or call (805) 485-6065, x 101.

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